Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bee Hive Jive

Someone bought the two story house down the road from us not too long ago.  And one day, on my way home ,I saw them moving in bee hives.  I thought that was wonderful, as ever since Hurricane Rita came through, we've have less  and less bees around.  Once was, if you set a canned drink down outside, at least one or two bees were going to hover it.  And if it was a Dr. Pepper, you could count on one crawling up inside if you didn't cover the opening when you weren't sipping.  For quite some time it has been that you could eat or drink most anything outside and never see a honey bee. While that may be convenient, it's not good for nature or gardens.  

As April came round, we began working on the pool to get ready to enjoy it once more.  Just as we had the water crystal clear and was primed and pumped for an approaching warm weekend we discover a couple hundred bees ringing the side of our pool!  This distressed me greatly, as much as I enjoy having the pool and as happy as I was to see bees back.  Would we have to do all our swimming in the late evening and night to avoid them?  

I shouldn't have worried or stressed over it.  Pete looked the situation over and thought it through.  He said, "They aren't coming for water.  They are coming for the thin layer of pollen that is accumulating around the side of the pool at the waters edge.  Armed with a  cloth and a spray bottle of chlorine bleach, Pete would dampen the cloth with the bleach and scrub the vinyl from the waters surface to the top of the pool.  Once again no more than three or five bees hummed near the pool.  Perfect solution for us and the bees. 
  

12 comments:

  1. Nice to see the swimming pool completed. I am afraid of bees!

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    1. I'm not afraid of them, but I sure don't want to get one mad either.

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  2. Glad to hear they were taking care of the bees!

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    1. Yes, we sure need them. Thanks for stopping by Caneyhead!

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  3. Pete to the rescue. Yes we need the bees but not the stings.

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    1. Pete is awesome at examing a situation and seeing what's needed.

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  4. Greetings. Found you on the A to Z road trip. Bees are awesome, but maybe not when you are plunging into the pool. I was greeted by a bat upside down in our patio umbrella a week ago. Talk about startled. We both flapped a bit. Nothing like nature. Enjoy the summer

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    1. Yes, nature can sure send you scurrying! We live right on top of a baygall in the Big Thicket National Perserve, so we get more than our fair share of nature. Thanks for visiting Caneyhead!

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  5. It was smart of him to have figured it out.

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    1. Yes, I've been blessed with a resourceful spouse!

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  6. Good thing that you two found a solution that would allow you to swim anytime during the day without having to keep those bees in mind. As much as I'm all about nature and preservation efforts, if I'd be making plans to move out as soon as those new two-story homeowners moved their hives in. I wouldn't mind the little buzzers much so long as they stay in their area minding and tending to their own business while I do the same. Of course, because that rarely is the case, I prefer to make do with the ones that are already around, rather than bring more into the area.

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    1. The bees truly have been no bother at all since we took care of the pollen scum. By next month there will be much less pollen flying around. So, I don't expect a problem. At the same time, my co-workers mother's house has been invaded with bees in the wall of her bedroom! They live 40 miles away. So, I suppose anthing is possible.

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