I get all kinds of email to my blog. Today this is what I got:
Hello, I have a small amount of bees starting a new hive in a hole they
discovered where the caulking came loose between the roof and the gutter of
my house. It must be brand new as I count about 6 or 7 bees coming and
going..3 or 4 must be just born as they are real small and 3 or 4 are a
little larger. I do not want to kill them, just get them to move away but I
think that the queen must have established the hive already as I see the
workers bring back pollen stuffed leg sacks. I have tried mothballs crushed
up and sprayed it in the hole and it keeps them from entering the hive for a
while but then they just buzz around my doorway for a while and rest on the
ledge of the gutter and keep trying to enter the hive.If it was somewhere
else I would love to see them have success with the hive but I have heard
that if they are between the walls it could become a nightmare in the
future. Any suggestions on how to get them to move before I have to resort
to some chemical solution that will sadly be their demise. If I leave them
alone will they die in the winter..as you can see I want to prolong their
existence because they are good for the environment and they are having a
hard enough time with all the problems like mites,colony collapse and
pesticides. I live in Pierrefonds, Montreal.
Thanks for any input.
I dont' know any beekeepers in Canada, much less Montreal, so I'm hoping someone here can help this guy whose name is John Kramer.