Trimming bush w/ Bees

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  1. RatLabGuy

    RatLabGuy You look like a monkey and smell like one too

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    Finally got around to trimming the hedges in front of the house yesterday (yes, I know it's the wrong time, but ya do what ya gotta do) and learned one of our azalias has a bee hive in it.
    It isn't huge, and they seem to be pretty passive, only noticed b/c there were a couple flying around. Left it alone and all was quiet, came back a bit later and whacked the bush w/ a rake to check it was active and could hear 'em buzzing up.

    Any suggestions for how to safely trim the bush? I was thinking maybe come back at night and gently trim w/ hand clippers? Am I playing w/ fire?

    In the long run I may have to encourage them to relocate, sicne the bush is right in front of the front door. I'm aware of their place in the ecosystem so I'm not a fan of just spraying to kill em if there's a better solution.
     
  2. Infamous1

    Infamous1 Well-Known Member

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    What kind are they? I know you said bees but there are a few kinds. Sounds like they are nit too aggressive or you would know. Maybe just carpenter bees and are harmless. Possibly hornets wheras you will need copious amounts of fire. A decent pic of a single soldier or of the hive would suffice.
     
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  3. drkelly

    drkelly Dipstick who put two vehicles on jack stands

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    Come back in late January and finish the job.
     
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  4. tkeaton

    tkeaton Master Velocipede Alchemist

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    Prune that sombitch to the ground with fire.
     
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  5. RatLabGuy

    RatLabGuy You look like a monkey and smell like one too

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    Heres a terrible cell phone pic of the hive.
    Its maybe 4-5" in diameter.
    Just sneaking up and taking this pic, i dont gear or see any of them.
    20200719_191838.jpg
     
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  6. Southern_Transplant

    Southern_Transplant Well-Known Member

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    That looks like a hornets nest. I'd just go in at night and hose it down with hornet and wasp killer spray. Finish it off the next day and be done with them.

    When you said bees, I was thinking of an actual honey bee hive. Those are worth saving.
     
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  7. kaiser715

    kaiser715 Doing hard time

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    Paper wasps.

    Live and let live. 'cept it's by your front door, so I'd give it a shot of wasp spray. And run.
     
  8. kaiser715

    kaiser715 Doing hard time

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  9. guffey24

    guffey24 Well-Known Member

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    White faced hornets nest, one ever gets you and you will burn that Bush to the ground

    worst pain from a sting I have ever had
     
  10. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Yep, hornets. Fire!
     
  11. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    When I was in middle school I had one of those hanging in my bedroom that I’d found and gotten down in the winter. Back then I could spot them driving down the road and knew where several were. Now I just realized it’s been years since I seen an actual paper nest like that.

    As for yours, I’d probably take it out with wasp spray at night if it were me cause my kid would surely upset them and get stung, and they can be aggressive and sting more than once.
     
  12. R Q

    R Q Well-Known Member

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    Aeresol Wasp spray will kill the foliage of the shrub. You are better off with a pump sprayer with Bifen, or Crosscheck. Adjust the nozzle for long distance and stand as far back as possible and start soaking the nest. Those wasps will tear you up and are very aggressive especially after they start attacking. You don't want to live and let live with these mean bastards around!
     
  13. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Poke it with a stick. They'll get annoyed and leave.
     
  14. thebrotherinlaw

    thebrotherinlaw Well-Known Member

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    That’s a hummingbird nest. Just reach in and relocate it to another bush. It won’t hurt to shake it while you move it.
     
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  15. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    In college, a buddy had one at his house, and we had a couple paintball guns. You can imagine what happened, haha!
     
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  16. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    “Trimming bush with bees”

    I’ve always trimmed my bush with wahl clippers but bees may be a technique I guess....
     
  17. RatLabGuy

    RatLabGuy You look like a monkey and smell like one too

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  18. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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  20. McCracken

    McCracken Logan Can't See This

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    Those aren't bees. Those are assholes with wings. Kill them now.
     
  21. UncleWillie

    UncleWillie Lost and confused.

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    Gee. I think I would try to trim the bush with a saw of some scissor, or hair clippers. Trimming it will bees seems very inefficient, and hard on the bees. Not to mention it really scares the hell of the woman.

    That being said, those are not bees, they are hornets. Hose them with some hornet killer. Sleep with a clear conscience.
     
  22. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    Diesel fuel in a garden sprayer for the win.
     
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