Honest to God, this is a question that was asked in the San
Jose Mercury newspaper's "Action Line" column this morning.
Someone wrote in that their home's chimney was infested
with a large number of bees and they wanted to know if a
fire would eradicate them and if it was legal to kill the
bees! Did IQ's suddenly drop in San Jose while I was out
bike riding yesterday?
Bear in mind the ecosteria that infests the country today and that
government has no sense.
Now, the big question is whether the "action line" told them to make sure
that the hive wasn't blocking the chimney to such an extent that the
fireplace wouldn't draw before they lit up.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
LOL - Been there - done that! Not only did house fill up with smoke, but the
bees just flew around waiting for the fire to go out and came right back in.
Finally bit the bullet and had a pro come and get the queen - all the rest
Second time it happened, the bees got into the WALLS of the house through an
opening left by a plumber. This time the pro just gassed them and sealed the
hole - didn't bother to try to remove them.
A few years ago I was in my unfinished basement just getting some tools out
of my shop for some outside work when I heard a buzzing. It wasn't the kind
of 'mosquito buzzing about your ear' buzzing, but the 'low, tickles at your
spine, raises goosebumps on your arms, buzzing'. After recovering from
tripping up a flight of stairs, I found out that a group of industrous bees
had dug under the foundation of the house and found a comfortable place
between the joists in the basement ceiling. It just so happened that they
were directly over my workbench. Despite their interest in woodworking, I
decided that they'd be a distraction and had a professional come deal with
them. I was a bit chagrined to see him deal with the hive in a simple
hooded sweatshirt and mask, but it helped that he shared with me a story
about the last person who tried to deal with a hive in their house
themselves. Let's just say bees all over the house isn't a good thing. In
our case, the few bees that went exploring made themselves some friends in
the numerous spider webs around our basement windows. Never has nature been
Therein lies a basic difference between CA (the original home of "DUH",
right?) and the rest of the country ... around here anyone dense enough to
have to ask couldn't afford to own a home in San Jose.
Sounds like Austin, Tx., our state's version of San Fransisco. There was an
uproar when a man clubbed a couple of rats to death when they escaped his
trap and headed toward his children. People advocated punishment for the
murder of the rats, just short of execution. However, I did like the
reader's suggestion that the rats should have been trapped and relocated.
Yeah?, to who's house?
Preston, we had an incident a couple of weeks ago in Palo
Alto, whereby a mountain lion was shot and killed while
perched in a tree in a heavily populated neighborhood.
There was a vocal outcry against the police for killing that
dangerous animal! I was appalled at the bleed heart tree
huggers who wouldn't consider that a child could have been
easy prey for that big cat. They condemned the police for
doing what needed to be done and so public funds were wasted
on a review of the incident. The BHL (bleed heart liberals)
claimed that the cat could have been shot with a
tranquilizer dart. The problem they failed to recognize
with that solution is the dart would have pissed off the cat
which would have remained conscious for about 20 minutes,
allowing it to further roam the town.
Don't get me wrong; I love animals, but at some point one
needs to use some common sense in dealing with a potentially
deadly animal encounter.
Preston Andreas wrote:
As a San Jose resident, just last week I had a problem with a swarm of
bees suddenly relocating to a tree in my front yard. I checked the
Yellow Pages, found a beekeeper's phone number, and gave him a call. He
was happy to come by and "adopt" the swarm for his business, at no cost
to me. He came after dark, when the little buggers had tucked in for
the night, and that was that. Unlike rats, bees are actually useful. No
need to pull a Cheney and think that destruction is the only solution!
That's nothing. Do a search in google groups for
+rosemary +waigh +cockroach
in talk.politics.animals. She was desperately trying to live trap
cockroaches in her apartment before the evil exterminators that the
landlord hired came and murdered them.
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