I woke up this morning and heard a loud buzzing from one of my bedroom
windows, like an insect was trapped there trying to get out. I opened the
blackout shades (which more or less effectively seal the windows off from
the room) and found at least half a dozen bees trying to get out through the
glass. All the windows to the bedroom were shut and always are. There were
two dead bees on the floor.
I went outside and saw several bees buzzing around the eves of the house, a
yard or so away from the windows. I could also see numerous bees inside the
window (the same ones I'd seen before), still trying to get out.
I had to leave for an appointment, so I closed my bedroom door so no bees
would get out into the rest of the house, should they be able to get out
from behind the blackout shades.
I came home five hours later. A few bees still buzzed around the outside
house around the eves. But when I came inside and went in the bedroom,
there were 27 dead bees on the windowsills and floor, and not one live one.
It's Southern California. The temperature outdoors was in the low sixties
all day. Temperature in the bedroom was 73.
I can't find an opening that appears large enough for one of these bees,
much less a slew of them, and even those openings are just light fixture
cans. The windows are shut, not a crack showing. The windows haven't been
opened in months.
How'd they get in, so many all at once? How'd they all die in the span of
five hours? (I've never used a pesticide on the property, which is only two
years old.) And do you think they're coming back? (Not the dead ones, of
course, but their buddies.)
BTW, I'm presuming dead bee stingers still work, so I won't be picking them
up by hand. Am I correct in that presumption?