Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I am FREE...well almost...

The day finally came - we must get rid of the bees! Don't get me wrong, its not like we liked them or wanted them around, but trying to find someone to get these bees was a TASK! I had more than one bee keeper/exterminator take one look at my back yard and say "I'm going to pass." And lets not even talk about all the phone calls I made to exterminators only to be told "It is against the law to kill honey bees, so we will have no part in it." REALLY? I bet you would have a part in it if these things had been a horrible nuisance in your life for over 2 years - yes people - 2 YEARS! The first year they really weren't bad - that's why I didn't get them taken care of then because I could still mow my back yard and grill out, etc... But this year was horrible those things ruled my back yard - I couldn't grill, I couldn't mow, I couldn't sit out back and enjoy my fire pit! Enough was enough! In one final last attempt Alexx decided to play bee man - now this was about 11pm on a Saturday night. Mike and Alexx made a trip to Walmart and basically bought everything they could find that may cause harm to the bees! So here is a picture of Alexx right before he went to war - ok some people may find this picture offensive  - the bee suit aka painters outfit was way to small but this was the only size they had! hahaha Prepare yourself....
Doesn't he remind you of the oompa loompa from Willie Wonka when they are in the TV area??? hahah (forgive me Alexx). Poor guy he went out there and risked his life - we thought for sure we had killed them off- we woke up the next morning to the usual GIANT swarm of bees. By that afternoon I had someone over to give a quote - over $1,000 dollars! UGH And that was just to take the bees - that doesn't include repairing my house afterwards. But then the heavens opened and  light shined down and the angels sang - there was CRAIGSLIST! After several calls I found a man who was a FRACTION of the cost! I booked him for Tuesday morning - from Sunday night til Tuesday morning I prayed for 2 things 1.Please don't let him go running when he sees these beasts and 2. Please don't let me get what I paid for ha....

The bee man was great - so nice and it normally only takes him about 3 hours to do a extraction - he was at my house for over 8 hours! And he didn't charge us any extra! (Don't worry we gave him a good tip) All the neighbors were out watching from their yards, windows and using binoculars...ok I'm exaggerating about the binoculars part but I felt like they were all watching and calling each other and saying "those stupid neighbors are FINALLY doing something about the bees!" 

He is getting started here - see where the siding is gone? Well there was honey comb all behind that board.
He estimated there was roughly 30,000 - 35,000 honey bees living in my back yard! You could of knocked me over with a leaf when I heard that! 
This was the main area they were in - its a space between the first and second floor. He said they were over a foot deep!

Here is not even HALF of the honey comb he pulled out - CRAZY! So thankfully they are gone - there are still a few bees swarming, but he said they should be gone within 48 hours - so lets keep our fingers crossed. Now the backside of my house has honey on the walls and windows - and all over my patio. Alexx and I will be busy power washing and cleaning on Saturday! So if anyone needs bee removal contact me - I have a GREAT AFFORDABLE Bee Man! (And no I wont send you Alexx!)


1 comment:

  1. Yikes!!!I know what you mean girl on the bees. While living in Wisconsin our house had bees buzzing all around inside and outside of our home , we couldnt figure out where they were coming from. Finally after having an exterminater out to the house he finally found a 6'x6' honey comb in between our walls. A whole wall of siding had to be replaced. Whew! was I happy to see those bees gone gone gone...