I noticed a bees nest in the bottom part of a rotted piece of trim on my outer garage door back in the early part of August when my hose was leaking onto it and it made the bees mad. I went out a couple of times early in the morning when it was cool out to spray them but the directions for the spray I bought suggested sticking the nozzle wand into the crevice to spray (an expanding foam) and I have to say the aggressive guard bee that was on duty was enough to put me off getting too close to the opening. I decided that they could just be there until it got colder and maybe I got braver.
Just a couple of weeks ago I was pulling dead raspberry canes out of my beds and looked down to notice my legs were being swarmed by at least 30 bees. None stung me so I just backed away slowly and left them to their business.
We’ve found a few bees in the house, mostly the basement, which made me wonder if somehow they had made their way into the crawl space under our laundry area – and not so far from the garage door. When I saw some bees coming out from under a light fixture near our back door I decided to call an exterminator.
I was lucky to be working from home yesterday and that the exterminator was able to come the same day. I told him of the two nests I had noticed and didn’t mention the one in the ground, figuring that at least it wasn’t on the house. He came to look and immediately noticed that there were bees also coming in and out of an place near our crawl space where the air conditioner goes into the house. He then saw the nest in the ground. Apparently we had a thriving community of yellow jackets – and the second most bees he’s seen in a house this season. Not a competition I want to be tops in! He put on his bee suit and got to work.
He dug up the nest in the raspberry patch and he crawled into the crawl space – where he found a nest the size of a soccer ball. It is a miracle that none of us was stung. He sprayed the other two nests as well. He said all my over the counter spray was doing was making them angry. It was much more expensive and much less entertaining than having my neighbor shoot the nest out of the tree, but I can’t complain about the money it cost to have him deal with them. Better him than me!