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Friday, May 23, 2008

Working the Yard with Linda T's Bees

When I set up my two non-deck hives, Melissa and Devorah, my daughters told me that my backyard wouldn't be touched when the yard guys came. Sure enough last week, they worked on my front yard but completely ignored my backyard.

Today I was there when they arrived. I stopped one of the men and asked him about the backyard. "We're too scared of the bees," he said. I asked if he would do it if I gave him a net for his head. "OK," he said but he looked skeptical. The fellow working with him told me that he himself was allergic to bees and his throat swelled shut if he got stung. "You don't need to be in my backyard," I said.

The first guy put this camping mosquito net I have over his head and proceeded to weed whack and blow off the backyard. He seemed somewhat reassured when I told him that bees don't really hear and that the loud noise wouldn't bother them. He should, however, try not to fling stuff into the front of the hive.

He did a fabulous job, the bees ignored him altogether, and I took his picture while he worked. He didn't get stung and we agreed that I would leave this camping headdress on a hook in my carport so that he could work in the back this summer.

I kept my fingers crossed the whole time because it was very cloudy and thunder was starting. The bees can be easily aroused under those conditions, but the bees in both yard hives did their thing and ignored his yard work.

Of course, I gave him a jar of honey and promised more when I harvest this year!

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  1. Anonymous12:40 AM

    It is quite amazing how the bees can ignore the weedwacking. A friend just weedwacked all around my beehives last week without wearing anything except a veil. Well stuff was being flung all over the place and hit the hives several times. I also had my fingers crossed, and not one bee even came over to us to investigate. When the bees are gentle, it is wonderful.

    I am glad you will get your yard cleaned up and the man is not afraid anymore.

    Annette from Placerville California

  2. Anonymous3:16 AM

    I wish I knew not to melt beeswax in microwave.... Now I need a new one ��
    I love your hive names, I named all my bees Leonard because there are

  3. Melting beeswax should be done at low temperatures - around 140 degrees F. I melt mine in a Presto Pot adapted for wax melting because I can control the temperature.


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