Please do not spray a hive or swarm

When I was a kid we had a huge beehive in our big big elderberry box in the garden. It was fascinating, yes, but it was too risky to play there. And, of course, there was always this kid running around and grabbing a broom for one of us to stop.

Obviously bringing a broom to a hive or swarm is the LAST thing you want to do. And if they’re bees, you don’t want to spray them either. They are too valuable. And this fresh HONEY. Nothing better.

SPRING IS THE TIME OF BEES

Spring is upon us and it is quite possible that you will see swarms and beehives in the coming months. These little guys are ready to literally spread their wings…or hang out “home” like the bees in this list of what JP the Beeman says are the five most massive hives he’s removed and moved. It really is exciting work.

HIVES CAN BECOME MONSTROUS

And I really enjoy watching them work… remotely. A good distance. Sometimes the situation can be extreme.

Winnie the Pooh would faint. Oh, and I love what one guy says at the start, “Do you realize how much money is in there?” It’s funny because I was thinking the exact same thing. I like honey, but, MAN, is it always expensive.

You know, some of these huge hives are like works of art.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A HIVE

If YOU encounter a massive swarm or hive – hopefully not like what you just saw – don’t tackle the problem yourself. On the one hand, you might be stung. Baseline. But we need bees because we need to eat. So if this becomes a problem for you this spring and summer, call the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service at 270-685-8480.

When I was a kid my dad knew someone who kept bees in the county and I can’t, for the life of me, remember who it was. But he ALWAYS kept us in fresh honey. And it was the best kind… right next to the honeycomb.

Lord, now I’m hungry for good butter cookies and honey.

Kentucky Creepy-Crawlies – the beautiful, the weird and the ugly

I have encountered peculiar insects in Kentucky. Some beautiful, some NOT beautiful. And now I know what they all are.

Kentucky’s Pests

A few of these creatures would fall into the “dangerous” category, but the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are ALL nuisances, and with good reason.

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