Run A Muck Ranch Evicts New Residents

Night before last, we found a swarm of bees in a tree, the one closest to the back door where the dogs go in and out, and close to the horses.    They were low enough for Morty to get into if he so desired,  and given my clumsy nature, low enough for me to bump into.

Most excellent close up shot by Crabby!
Most excellent close up shot by Crabby!

It was our hope the critters were just passing through, and they would leave the next morning.  Just in case, I took several telephone numbers of bee re-locators to work with me.

Bee re-locators you might ask?  Yup.  The world’s bee population has significantly reduced in recent years.  Thing about bees, we need them, you know, to pollinate crops so that we have food.  The day we hand over pollination to the Monsanto machine (my little soap box dig) is the day we should all pack it in.  So we need live bees.

There has been an increasing number of Africanized bees found in Arizona, and for that reason, when one thinks bees in these here parts, the first word that come to mind is ‘Exterminator’.  We didn’t know if The Swarm was Africanized or native, but we do know a bee is a bee and a bee is a pollinator, ergo, we didn’t want the Big Guns, we wanted the Butterfly Nets.

As the day progressed, it became increasingly apparent The Swarm intended to stay.  Had they taken up residence in ANY OTHER TREE on the property, we would have just let them be, no pun intended.  But if they were Africanized, and therefore more aggressive than native bees, we couldn’t have a future hive so close to the most major traffic thoroughfare at The Ranch.

The Swarm.
The Swarm.


None of the bee re-locators called me back, so it was left to Crabby to politely ask the bees to move to a different location.

Armed with a very long piece of rebar, Crabby disturbed the nest and fled back into the house (the door being only a few feet away), several times, before exposing what appeared to be the start of The Hive under construction.  It wasn’t until Crabby knocked The Hive out of the tree that The Swarm decided to move on.   I only wish I was home to video the procedure, I bet it was hysterical.


They were certainly a neat and orderly Swarm, weren't they?
They were certainly a neat and orderly Swarm, weren’t they?


No bees were harmed and no resident of Run A Muck Ranch was stung, though I did worry about the Scout Bees who came back to the hive location later in the day.  If I knew where the rest of the bees went, you can be rest assured I would have caught the stragglers and taken them back to their family.

Despite what we may think of other creatures, every last one of them was put on this Earth for a reason.   If we keep on with our “Kill It” mentality, our world will be in a world of hurting.  Profound words from The Crazy Dog Lady, friend to all things on earth, even those that scare the crap out of me.

Be safe former Swarm of Run A Muck Ranch!  We do love, need and appreciate you!

16 thoughts on “Run A Muck Ranch Evicts New Residents

  1. Oh yes, it is a world-wide concern that there is a shortage of bees and I have read all sorts of theories but no one is really certain what the problem is only that there is a serious shortage of the “critters”

    1. With the number of Americans who claim they are allergic to bees (kind of like the number of people who stand in front of you claiming they ‘are’ having a migraine), maybe our paranoid people can send their bees to you!

      1. The scientist say that the deficit across Europe now amounts to 13.4 million colonies or around seven billion honeybees.

        The research suggests that much of the work is now being done by wild pollinators including bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies.

        Britain is one of the countries with the biggest shortfall – only Moldova, with an economy 300 times smaller than the UK, has a bigger honeybee shortage.

        Little is known about the number of wild pollinating species as they are not being monitored in the UK. The researchers believe this reliance on them could be hampering yields and putting UK crops at risk.

        “We face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now,” said Prof Simon Potts, from the University of Reading, a co-author on the paper.

        From the Science Journal of the University of Reading UK.

      2. And yet here in the US, parents are teaching their children that they ‘are allergic’, bees are dangerous and should be exterminated on sight.

  2. I am keeping the tack room and barn area sprayed again this yr…haven’t had the killer bees try to build under the tack room since I started spraying…I can handle the regular bees in the trees, didn’t care for them though when they tried to build a hive in the gas grill(the lid gets left open now)….they can be a bit of a pest now and then

    1. Are the tree bees natives? We had a hive in a tree many, many years ago, 100’s of thousands of them. The bee dude said they were Africanized. We don’t know how to tell the difference!

      1. I was told killer bees hives are 2 to 3 times the size of normal hives and they will attack if you are even 50 ft from a hive regular bees won’t defend that far out, also African will build in walls, under ground, in metal boxes(they are not particular where they build), most honey bees stick to trees and bushes further away from structures

  3. Indeed we are in trouble due to lack of bees…we have worked very hard to grow plants here even in this horrid heat that will attract native bees and they are flourishing…they have electric blue bands and are small fatter and faster than the other bees..i am allergic but have never been stung even though I spend hours in summer trying to take pics of them…and yes Monsato has a lot to answer for and yes we have heard of them here too!..i agree a video with some background Benny Hill music would have been a treat bwahhaahh 🙂

    1. Kudos to you, an allergic person, for not shrieking EXTERMINATOR every time you see a bee. As long as you leave them alone, they leave you alone.

      I didn’t realize Monsanto was putting in stakes Down Under. Get all your peeps together and push them into the ocean! SAVE YOURSELVES!

  4. Wow that was very brave! And I’m glad all went well! We had an adventure with a bee swarm of our neighbor once . He wasn’t at home, so Easy’s dad had to catch them while wearing a mosquito net :o)

  5. Funny you should write this blog this week. Saturday, my brother and his family were up. His 3 year old was playing outside, she stopped and ran to me screaming a spider, a spider. I finally figured out she calls EVERYTHING a spider. She actually meant the wood hornets that were flying all round. I managed to get one to light on my hand and she screamed. I told her they wouldn’t hurt her as long as she didn’t squeeze them or hurt them in any way. Her mother (@sshole) said we don’t like bees. We kill anything that can sting. Let’s just say I only reply when I know something nice will come out of my mouth, and I knew it wouldn’t be nice so I ignored her, laugh. Granted, she needs to learn the difference btwn those insects to not touch and leave alone, and those which won’t harm you even on their worst day. I can tell she won’t be taught that by her mother, so it will be left to her aunt, smile. I can do that because I know it will piss off her mom. laugh

  6. Disney did a Bee movie a few years back to show kids how good bees can be. Problem is, bee adverse parents wouldn’t take their children to see it.

    Time and time again I catch flying bees just trying to pollinate (Palo Verde Wasps specifically) on properties to show people they are harmless, but people still call the exterminator.

    Sometimes I’m ashamed of my species.

    Thank you for trying though!

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