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27/05/2011 at 21:21
ok i will destroy them.... is everyone looking forward to springwatch?????????
28/05/2011 at 14:29
Any idea why my white lilies have come up this year as red ones? All of them!
29/05/2011 at 00:56
Very interesting thread, I currently have two bumble bee nests in my garden. I was really worried about one which was in an old nesting box and a bit close to my daughter's swing. I was going to get them moved but having now observed them for several weeks they are very calm and have shown no sign of being aggressive so for the time being they can stay and enjoy all the plants which I (like many others) planted to attract them in the first place!!! Higgy
29/05/2011 at 21:24
what a nice blog site. i have only just come across it.i have blue tits nesting in a bird box made by a plot holder next to me earley on this year.i would love to have some bees nasting there. any one have any idear how i could attract them or to build a nesting place for them. regards colin. email fit grandad @ hotmail .com
31/05/2011 at 20:45
I have just unearthed a nest and it's location is inconveinient to say the least, as I need to do some construction work in the area. I fear that I have done irrepairble harm to the nest correction know I have. There are a large number of earth bees present including at least drones and workers not sure about the queen. What can I do which at least gives some chance of survival and encourages the queen to nest elsewhere? They are currently working very hard to rebuild the nest but it is now exposed although I have placed a board over it for some protection
15/06/2011 at 09:45
I have an earth bee/mining bee nest just where I'm about to build a wall, I dont want to kill them but need the wall up soon. I've been keeping the area wet as earth bees like it dry, so I'm hoping this will encourage them to move on. There nests are all over the garden and next door has bumble bees nest in his nesting box. Must bee ideal for them round here. ! my blog
18/06/2011 at 15:59
Hi Kate, I couldn't agree more with giving bees a better chance of survival in our own gardens. I have insect hotels amongst my flower beds and perennials and they love it! Check out the bee article on my blog if you have a moment!
19/06/2011 at 17:37
I have what would appear to be a bumble bee nest in the air vent to my kitchen. I don't want to harm them but hope they will not return to this vent next year. Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated. I am 88 and have only found two in the kitchen and have managed to let them back out into the garden. Many thanks.
24/06/2011 at 13:36
Ken Parish - did you put the nest in a box? If the queen was unharmed, she and the worked would be able to rebuild the nest easily enough. Janet of Edinburgh - they are unlikely to return next year. Are you able to block the vent after they have departed this year (around autumn) to prevent them nesting there again? Kate
02/07/2011 at 14:55
We are clearing earth for a larger shed and have dug into a series of tunnels from which red red-tailed bumble bees are emerging. Do we have to wait until autumn or should we keep digging?
18/08/2011 at 14:23
Janet of Edinburgh - Bumble bee nests are active for only a season. Once they leave, you can cover the opening to your vent with a fine plastic or metal mesh to keep other insects from going there in the future. Be sure you do have bumble bees. The ones we see usually are ground nesters.
21/08/2011 at 12:05
Thank you PC seatle. I have a healthy hive or nest in the middle of my compost bin. I have been Jaming this week and have put the stones and Jam waste in for them. They are having a ball. I have been worried though how I could rehouse them in winter so I can empty my Compost Bins. Do they come back in Spring? If so how can I preserve the hive/nest? Please can some one help.
28/11/2011 at 18:43
If you have stinging insects around, it is a good idea to keep a bottle of vinegar handy. Bees have caustic venom neutralised by acid vinegar. Wasps have acid venom and we were told to use wet tea-bags. If you are not sure, dribble a drop of vinegar on the sting area. There should be an immediate cooling effect. From personal experience I know the vinegar works. I m also told that large containers of vinegar are routinely kept on beaches to neutralise jelly-fish stings.
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