Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alfred Hitchock Presents

We knew there were some bees living between the brick and wood on one side of our house. Nothing earth shattering, something we thought some bee and wasp spray might fix. But no, that just pissed them off.

Yesterday evening my neighbor called me to alert me to this new development:

That freaked me out. I mean, I literally have chill bumps just looking at that picture. So we got a pest control-type person out to do whatever had to be done at whatever price he wanted to charge. While here, he discovered this:

Seriously! This is right outside our kitchen window, and I promise this was not there last night when we were eating dinner. The pest control guy was setting up the official removal with his field team (they'll be here tomorrow morning) and he said, "Bring your camera! You've never seen anything like this!" Great.

So if you need us, we'll be barricaded inside our house, hoping these things are gone in time for us to get to work at a reasonable hour tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

that is freakin' me out!


Anonymous said...

Oh my! That's creepy.

Unknown said...

Is your pest control guy pretending to be a little black rain cloud?

Stacey Greenberg said...

can warren and i have the dried carcasses for our mantle?

Shannon said...

They're just as scared of you as you are of them. Or something.

Sassy Molassy said...

That happened at my parents' old house once, on the base of a small bushy crepe myrtle. We thought it was a hive, but after my Dad sprayed, there was nothing there. It was just some kind of crazy swarm.

Stan said...

Holy criminy!

Anonymous said...

Hope they didn't wipe them out, considering the severe decline in honey bees from colony collapse disorder.

That blob in the bushes looks like a bee swarm. When a hive splits, the old queen leaves with a bunch of workers to seek a new hive location. In the middle of the swarm is the queen, and while they hang out, workers look for a good location. When they collectively decide on the primo spot, the swarm will move on.

Here's some cool info on bee swarms: