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How many of you get these emails? (This is an actual cut and paste of one I received today)...

"Hello

I do not know if I have a nest or not, just that we can\'t sit outside and relax due to bees. I know there are 3 different types here but not sure of their names, but they love to hover. My son is frightened of them and I can\'t got out back and clean yard because of them. Any suggstions????

Thank You"

I am a beekeeper, not an entomologist or a specialist on all flying insects with stingers! It seems that if it has a stinger, we get all of the questions and comments from the public! Probably carpenter bees (not aggressive). Might be a few paper wasps and hornets thrown into the occasional sighting. Also, the mason bees seem to be in "full bloom" here right now... I just don't know what these people expect me to do? Drive out and have a look? Than what? Here's a suggestion, buy yourself and your son a veil and full beesuit, put them on before you go outside. I sure don't want to make us beekeepers look bad, but I get these all the time! The world is full of all kinds of local fauna. We can coexist with it.

So, anyone else have similar stories???
 

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Here's what I wrote back to her:

"What you are seeing is the local carpenter bees, wasps, hornets and some mason bees and probably a few honey bees. This is just a mix of the local insects that live in your area. Theres really nothing I could do for you. I do not mean to sound like I don't care, but there pretty much like squirrels... You will see them on occasion and there isn't much you can do about them... Sorry."
 

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I get those too. I ask them to send me a photo of the nest and or insect in question. I've been able to take care of 100% of them by saying, "Yes, that's a honeybee how can I help you?" or "Nope that's not a honeybee. I can't help you." Knock on wood, I haven't wasted much of my time or gone on a wild goose chase with this tactic.
 

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At one of our local beek group meetings, we were warned that if anyone in the neighborhood knew we kept bees, "our" bees would get blamed for every sting or floating body in nearby pools. I've had to get creative with hive placement, but the neighbors think nothing of seeing me out & about with a bee veil on.

That's because I've moaned loud & long that I'm highly allergic to gnats, so as soon as the weather is warm enough for the little minions of Satan to appear, the hat & veil go on. :shhhh: Never the wiser...
 

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, but the neighbors think nothing of seeing me out & about with a bee veil on.

That's because I've moaned loud & long that I'm highly allergic to gnats, so as soon as the weather is warm enough for the little minions of Satan to appear, the hat & veil go on. :shhhh: Never the wiser...
I'd still think you was a nut case! ;-) But, that's exactly what I would have liked to suggest to my email sender listed above!
 
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