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Happenings in the insect world
by Caroll
on June 5, 2014 at 6:32 AM
Why does everyone forget to mention that bees like slightly moving water, not a pond where the water doesn't move. The fish in the pond, a constant drip or the sweeper in the pool. Not the canal where the water may move too fast or the fountain. Turn off the movement and bees may light but not swarm as in hundreds or thousands that I have seen around swimming pools. Ive watched the bees in and around my pool. When they take over the pool they even knock each other in. They are falling in and climbing out so often you would swear they were enjoying. Problem is not all climb out, some drown. People who have suggest you create another source, well i have a canal behind my property and neighbors with pools and a fountain and when bees decide its your pool they want. Good luck because they come to the pools each by the hundreds and I am not talking bees that you splash away, a minor inconvenient. Im texting about a pool take over. I know a man who lost the use of his pool and jacuzzi for years due to bees. Bees by the thousands, floating in the pool by the hundreds. The hive, on an Indian Reservation. Very complicated. Good luck to all
by Sue
on January 15, 2016 at 6:25 PM
I have a small kiddie pool that the bees flock to. I have a screen splatter kitchen utensil propped up so they can get out if the fall in. However, today there were about 200 dead bees in the pool. All I can think of is that although the temperature rose into the 50's today, they died because the water was too cold. Any thoughts? There are no chemicals in this water, simply well water and rain.
by Debbie
on October 23, 2016 at 9:27 PM
I wonder, I find several bees in my pool. Every day. I'm sure there is a hive nearby. My karob trees are full of the bees... The ones that are still alive, I fetch out of the pool and place in the sun to dry off. My husband thinks I'm nuts, stating they're going to die anyway. I'm not sure, and if not, do they live longer or turn around and dive into the pool again?
by Lynn Kupilik
on June 13, 2018 at 1:02 PM
I have had thousands if not tens of thousands of tiny wood bees landing on my pool surface for three days now. It is insane. Not only are they drowning in epic numbers, but it is impossible to swim. We are stumped. We have had the pool BEBHJH for over 30 years and this has never happened before.
by Flipper 68
on July 14, 2018 at 9:22 AM
I find about a half dozen bumble bees in my pool skimmer each week. What little I understand about them makes me think that I am not only finding them dead but have doomed their nest because, as I understand it, the bumble bees are solitary nest builders and do not have a whole hive, as honey bees do, to keep everything going. I'm kind of glad to have bumble bees around because one cold spring before the honey bees were warm enough to come out and do their thing, the bumble bees were the only ones I had to pollinate my apricot trees. Thanks in advance for any info you can pass along.
by Lee Mayer
on May 10, 2020 at 2:26 PM
I just rescued about 100 bees that were in our pool. After taking them out and placing them on the coping, they dried off and flew away. We have never seen that before here in Annapolis, any thoughts?
by sermed havuz
on May 25, 2020 at 10:07 AM
We dealt with the pond pump through the summer, but knew we would get a filter pump (for real pools) this summer
by Dawn Kolakoski
on January 8, 2021 at 4:43 PM
I scoop out 1-2 bees each day from my pool. It's winter and the water is about 40°. I carefully put them down in the sun. They look dead, but slowly I'll see some movement; they rub their faces with their legs and the roll over and fly off. I put one right next to a flowering rosemary bush and once she came back to life she walked right over and started on the flowers. So they may not be dead--just stunned with the cold! I brought 5 back to life this week! 😀
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