I have a hive that needs rescuing or relocating from my elderly father's house. It is inside an outside wall where the slats are right next to the back door - about six inches from the door.
This is a brick home with a small amount of wood siding (thank heaven's!!!) The bottom two wood slats have rotted.
I do not want to kill these bees because my grandfather was a beekeeper so I have great respect for both beekeepers and all living things in general. However, my mind would change if I found out these were Africanized!
I realize that behavior is the only way to identify bees as hybridized.
I could smoke them out possibly but I wanted to see if there were any beekeepers in need before I do that.
My major concern is my father and elderly mother (deaf and blind) getting stung. They are in their 80's. My father has had many strokes, which led to him neglecting the repair of his house. When I found this out I jumped right in to help and to repair his house (physically, not financially as I am also unemployed/disabled after 9-11.) There are so many things he neglected that the slats just weren't on the top of the list...
He still doesn't understand.
I would like to find someone who can rescue these bees a.s.a.p. or simply get them to move. I know that there will be a big mess to clean up unfortunately.
They started swarming about 6 a.m. this morning when the porch light was flipped on to let the dog out. That bothered me. The Pug ended up trapped in the backyard due to the thousand or so bees that attacked the bulb and banged into the sliding glass door like crazed June bugs.
We are in Garland, Texas a suburb of Dallas.
Please respond to me via email as I will be checking it several times today hoping for some response.
I have called two local beekeepers but got their answering machines. They were Graham Dodds and John Tabert. I spoke with an Andre in pest control but he just wanted to kill them. I told him he was missing the point!
He also told me that smoke would kill them! I know this not to be true unless the smoke is hot of course. Matter of fact there have been recent findings that smoke from the creosote bush or grapefruit leaves are a treatment for Varroa mites!!!... I learn new things everyday!
None the less, any help is appreciated.
Note added Sept. 2: As of last night, my elderly father advised me that he thinks the bees are located in a smoker on the other side of the back porch. He saw bees circulating around outside it.
Note added Sept. 11: No bees in the smoker. They are either in the eaves or the ground.