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I've decided to not kill any more bees


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#1    pallidin

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:53 PM

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Given their lowering population, their enormous contribution to food supply, and, the fact that I am(thankfully) not allergic, I have decided that I no longer consider them as "pests" as I once did.

Over the years I have gained much more respect for those critters, and will no longer put up traps, etc.. to kill them.

I do understand the issue with those allergic, and certainly your life, or your babies, come before the life of a bee.

Just throwing my thoughts out here...


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:00 PM

I never killed bees or spiders.
Sadly,flies that get into the house . Fleas on the cats ...they just go . I feel guilty about it ,but we cannot cohabitate .

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:08 PM

View Postpallidin, on 26 May 2013 - 09:53 PM, said:

Given their lowering population, their enormous contribution to food supply, and, the fact that I am(thankfully) not allergic, I have decided that I no longer consider them as "pests" as I once did.

Over the years I have gained much more respect for those critters, and will no longer put up traps, etc.. to kill them.

I do understand the issue with those allergic, and certainly your life, or your babies, come before the life of a bee.

Just throwing my thoughts out here...

I kill bees ONLY when they are in my house. Bee allergies run in my family, so I don't want to take any chances with my little boy. But even if your not allergic to them, when they sting you it hurts like all get out!


View PostSimbi Laveau, on 26 May 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

I never killed bees or spiders.
Sadly,flies that get into the house . Fleas on the cats ...they just go . I feel guilty about it ,but we cannot cohabitate .

I kill all spiders....They are creepy....
I hate fleas. I remember, the first year me and my husband lived together, us, our in laws, and our neighbors had horrible fleas!! You could walk across the living room, and in seconds be picking fleas off your socks! It was pretty awful. After the first cold front came through though, they all died. I haven't had any problems with fleas since.
Ticks are nasty! My husband's dog, who is a purebred Blue Tick Hound, is always running around in the woods, and he keeps getting them! I have to pull them off with tweezers....Ewwww.......


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

I avoid killing bees, will try to catch them and put them out if in my house.  Spiders and wasps watch out if your in my territory.


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:38 PM

I've never killed bees, even though I'm allergic to them. They just tend not to be aggressive enough for me to feel threatened. Wasps and especially yellow jackets are another story. The yellow jackets here are very aggressive and come after you if you're anywhere near them.

I don't go into shock or anything if stung, but the pain and swelling is very intense. If I were stung on the neck, for example, it could close my windpipe. So they have to go.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:49 PM

Big respect to you pallidin :sm

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 02:43 AM

Good for you.

I love bees and wasps. I think bees are like holy and if you're lucky enough to have them around you're blessed. I think of wasps in the same way(and most things to be honest). I had a paper wasp living inside my mailbox for awhile and I loved to see her everyday. She would just sit on her tiny nest and would only move slightly when I put my hand in to get the mail. So she wasn't aggressive at all and I was quite sad when I saw ants had found her nest.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 03:12 AM

Yeah, and I should balance my comments with the issue of VERY LARGE nests, or nests close to home entryways, play areas of young children and such. In those cases, eradication is necessary, since they can not be easily moved.

EDIT: I think(not sure) that there is a non-toxic spray that one can apply to certain outside areas(under eves, under deck benches, etc) that discourage nest formation but safe to bees, humans and pets.

If the treated area get's wet, however, say from rain or sprinklers, it needs to be retreated when dry.

Edited by pallidin, 27 May 2013 - 03:21 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 03:36 AM

Maybe I'm being too easy on wasps, those nasty, aggressive creatures. As opposed to bees.

I did just read this on wasps though:

The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant.[1] Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.[2]

And...

Pollination

While the vast majority of wasps play no role in pollination, a few species can effectively transport pollen and therefore contribute for the pollination of several plant species, being potential or even efficient pollinators;[3] in a few cases such as figs pollinated by fig wasps, they are the only pollinators, and thus they are crucial to the survival of their host plants.

Source: http://en.wikipedia....asp#Pollination


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:04 AM

I won't kill any of the aforementioned critters. They all need their place.

And I'm a huge fan of spiders. Killing them doesn't make sense. It's like a farmer killing all the wolves and coyotes to protect his chickens and afterwards complaining that the rabbits are eating his crops.

Years ago I rented a small house in the city that didn't have any silverfish and I was surprised, until I saw the spider pair. HUGE!

We had a pact. They had the basement.

Edited by Likely Guy, 27 May 2013 - 04:07 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 05:46 AM

We enjoyed watching a potter's wasp build her cute little pots on our sliding door and stuffing them each with a spider and then her eggs.
I rarely ever see a bee in our home, almost always wasps. And they stay at the windows, mad as heck, trying to get out.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:32 AM

View Postpallidin, on 27 May 2013 - 03:36 AM, said:

Maybe I'm being too easy on wasps, those nasty, aggressive creatures. As opposed to bees.

Can I ask, why did you ever consider a bee a pest in the first place?  Was it simply because they can sting?

Here is one of my favourite pics of a wasp. I think it looks cool and like he loves the pollen. I use this as an avatar in the gaming community. Look at his little face.. how could anyone want to kill that? He's only lil.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

I usually open a window or door, get a magazine and guide bees or wasps out the door.

Spiders i run out the room its in close the door and wait for Husband to come home :cry:


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 12:45 PM

Yeah well, I am allergic to them and the bee you set free may be the one that gets me.  Did you think of that huh?  Well, did ya? :cry: :P

Seriously though, I think I've only ever killed one.  Most incidents with me and bees is me running and waving my arms like a mad woman to keep them as far from me as possible, probably made some entertaining CCTV footage at some point I'm guessing.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

back in the eighties and early nineties I had a couple beehives. they are remarkable creatures. I would sit in a lawn chair and just watch the front of the hive sometimes for hours at a time. like honey bees  Bumble bees are also good at pollination but their hives don't get as big as a honey bee hive can get ( roughly 2000 honey bees per pound and at least 3 pounds for a healthy hive usually 5 to 7 pounds per hive   Vs. 200 to 300 bumble bees or hornets or black jacks per large hive if that hive is healthy
   wasps and yellow jackets  and even black jacks are  just as important in their own way as honey bees, the big differences are that the honey bee stings once per Bee  the rest can and will sting multiple times. and honey bees are vegetarians. the others are not
    I remember the year that we got over a hundred pounds of honey from the single hive we had that year.  Tasted like blackberries. Almost broke my back lifting the hive boxes





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