Texas Gardening forum: Honey Bees!

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Name: Lisa Broussard Januska
Summerwood - Houston (Zone 9b)
Jun 7, 2014 1:23 PM CST
Ok, now that I have your attention....I was so happy to see honey bees this Spring, but now I am getting concerned, and I need some advice. Are there any honey bee experts out there that can assist? We have a flower bed area that has been wading in water from all the rain, and it looks as though it has finally drained, (this has been work in progress btw) but I noticed honey bees on the ground all over the place. What started out as oh cool!! Has now turned into a swarm of them, and I can hardly get over there to water my plants that are in pots there. They come after me, and I have always been frightened of bees to start with, but have been trying to learn to be calm around them and let them fly by, but these guys are an army now, and it's scaring me badly. Any idea why they are doing what they are, and what I need to do now to make them go fly off and pollinate the other beds? They only gather right in this one bed that has been flooded with all the rain we've had. Like I said (work in progress) we are wanting to start some sort of drainage, but until I can get these guys to move along lil doggy, I can't begin the job. Very frustrated!! Crying Confused
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 15, 2014 9:27 PM CST
Do you have any photos of these bees? I'm no expert, but other than Africanized bees, I haven't heard of such aggressive gatherings. There's a Beekeeping forum on this site, they might know more about this.
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Name: Lisa Broussard Januska
Summerwood - Houston (Zone 9b)
Sep 22, 2014 11:51 AM CST
Thank you Linda! I tried my best to get photos or video, but kinda hard! However, we were finally able to send them on their merrier way....brought in more top soil, and mulched. They tried to figure out what was going on, and soon left our property. It was really getting me worried, as we had just seen a story on the local news, where bees had killed this mans 2 dogs (so sad!!), they found the colony inside a stucco column that belonged to the HOA (part of his back fence). I tried my best to figure out where they were going, as you could tell they were taking decomposed mulch/dirt from our beds, and flying off. As soon as one exited, three more came in behind that one...it was scary to say the least. I worried about our dogs, cuz one of them would always try to catch them flying around her....just knew she would upset the applecart sooner or later.
Name: Sam aka 'Rosie'
Post Oaks of Colorado Co. (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas
Sep 22, 2014 4:49 PM CST
I know they swarm periodically. We have them once or twice a year here... This spring, we were in the garage & my wife said she heard bees. I walked outside & saw that the whole front yard was a swarm (no, I'm not exaggerating)... We closed the garage door & went in the house till they settled down (the queen landed in the live oak 25' from our front window). They moved on about 36 hrs afterwards.

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From past experience, I can tell you that they are not aggressive while swarming, but they are down right nasty to live with once they establish a hive & have honey/young to protect.
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