I've gotten two of four plants out and I started on the third a few days ago only to have a very angry tenant let me know they weren't ready to move. It was a yellow jacket. I got the message quickly and removed myself before a whole swarm attacked me.
This plant is by my front door. I was a bit concerned with it's proximity to people coming and going so I made some phone calls. My favorite bee removal person is Doug Cheney. He actually collects the bees and sells them to pharmaceutical companies who remove the venom and use it for shots for people who are allergic. Plus, he's free.
He called yesterday and came out. Unfortunately, it was pouring down rain by the time he got here. It was not pouring down rain before he got here and then it cleared up after he was finished. There weren't actually very many bees in there; at least when you're a person selling them by the pound. But there were a lot if you're a home owner with a nest next to your door; he estimated around 500.
He doesn't actually get all the bees, only the ones currently in the nest. But since the weather was bad, I think most of the bees stayed in yesterday. He got all the bees out of the nest and then the sun came out. So I started pulling the grass out as fast as I could because I suspected there may be some bees who weren't home.
I almost got it out when a couple of the bees dried out and came home. They were angry at me and I got stung in the neck. No big deal to me, but the bee guy was a bit freaked out and insisted I take a benydril, so I did.
The last time the bee guy was out here my oldest was in 4th grade. He commented on how short they were the last time he was here. We had a large bald headed hornets nest in the peak of our garage. It was so big he had to come out twice for that one.
The bee guy is moving slower these days with a diagnosis of Parkinson's. But he says moving around and catching bees really helps keep him moving. He just has to stop when he gets too tired. Now he's discovered karate, swimming and dancing for his winter activities to keep him moving.
It's sad to see him moving so slowly, but nice to know what he's doing is keeping him moving. You can see a segment on the bee guy on Komo news 4: go to komonews.com and search for "Meet the man who yellow jackets fear."
I took twelve minutes of video of my yellow jacket nest; I find them fascinating. They had a two story airport going on. The top was the entrance, the bottom was the exit. If I figure out how to post is here, I will.
Have a great rainy day!