Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yellow Bumblebees (Oops! They're Actually Carpenter Bees!)
For the longest time we've had bumblebees swarming along the side of our house. We suspected they had a nest in the fence between us and our neighbor but we didn't know where. A couple of weeks ago we had State Termite come out to spray the perimeter of our house because we were rather infested with tiny biting ants, little German and gargantuan American cockroaches.
The person doing the application did not wear any protective clothing or mask so we figured it wasn't that powerful a spray.
Two weeks later however, we've counted 81 dead black and yellow bumblebees. We're also not seeing any biting ants anymore and very little cockroaches. It's rather surprising how potent that poison was.
My mother is extremely allergic to bee, wasp and ant stings. She can die from it if not treated quickly so it's good that there are no longer any bees to possibly harm her. However, it's sad to see so many of the bumblebees dying, too. I'm wondering now just how strong that poison was and if the fellow doing the application is safe.
My brother has just told me that what we thought were bumble bees were actually carpenter bees who like to bore holes in wood.