Bumblebees Disappearing Along With Honeybees - A Serious Problem

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  1. WiseOne

    WiseOne Inactive contact bullhaulerswife

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    WiseOne's Comments, remember, most crops and flowers DEPEND on Honeybees and Bumblebees for pollination. Scientists and farmers are getting really worried about all of this now. Something, for sure, is wrong with the bees "disappearing."
     
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  3. Attitude:)

    Attitude:) "Love each Day as if it was your last"

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    That's because they all moved here!:biggrin_25516: Not really, just too many bees and yellow jackets. You can't wear any type of perfume, scented hair spray, lotion, you name it, the bees come after you here.

    I havent seen but one large bumble bee this year. Just too many honey bees and wild african bees breeding in. They swarm my truck window when I'm on the scales, and even more so if there's food inside the truck. It's getting a bit scary~
     
  4. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Hmmm, I do believe they have moved into my hood.

    Must be a west coast thing. Because we have them out the ### around here. They're so bad, we have to spray for them. To prevent damage to the wood trim on our house.
     
  5. Attitude:)

    Attitude:) "Love each Day as if it was your last"

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    Same here and it's nothing to see hundreds of yellow jackets swarming our front porch. They've already done a ton of damage. I read that the bees are natural enemies to the wasps so the wasp swarming hasn't been as bad this year, but man the bees are awful!
     
  6. firstcav

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    I have seen alot of yellow jackets. I had two in my house over the weekend. But I haven't very many honey bees or bumble bees this year like I normally do.
     
  7. Attitude:)

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    I'm telling ya, they all came here. We've had some serious episodes with stings in our area this year. Two years ago some africanized bees killed some dogs in a back yard.
     
  8. Roadmedic

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    I can't remember how long it has been since I saw a Bumble Bee. I did notice the small honeybees seem to have been in smaller numbers though.
     
  9. firstcav

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    That might be, maybe the weather changes are causing them to head south.
     
  10. 25(2)+2

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    Bumblebees like a trash filled enclosure to make their nests, as more people move into these areas and police up things that are considered unsightly, the bumblebee has less places to go. They say the honey made by the bumblebee is probably the best that there is but you wouldn't want to taste it if you saw where it came from.

    Yellow jackets live in the ground, if it's wet they aren't as widespread, they like rocky areas. They also like trash around the opening or vegetation. The bluffs along the Mississippi are lousy with them this time of year, picnic at night if you dare.

    We had a nest of wasps near our house several years ago, they like all kinds of plant material, especially stored manure. There was a dairy farm about a mile away. I really don't like wasps very much, hornets are related,. but build small nests and don't seem so attracted to manure. They love red so in the late fall hungry survivors may swarm you if you are wearing red or orange.
     
  11. Attitude:)

    Attitude:) "Love each Day as if it was your last"

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    The yellow jackets we have here are called paper wasps. They make combs that hang under anything available. We take at least 5 off our eaves every year. Some are as large around as a paper plate. The ones that really get ya, are the ones they build under lawn mowers that have been sitting, or other objects that you may have your hand under for some reason or another.
     
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