My house came under attack this weekend by a swarm of bees--totally one of those "what
the ..." moments. Just out of the blue, we started hearing this strange tapping sound
on the ceiling in the master bedroom. I peeked out the blinds to look outside, and saw
this huge swarm of bees flying around just under the roof overhang. Crap! Then, in our
master bathroom, as I turned on the overhead light, there were bees swarming around inside
the enclosed fixture! They're inside our house, the horror!
I went outside to see they were crawling in and out of our attic through some small ventilation holes. You can see them swarming around in the picture I took, as well as the mini-movie to the right. I hurried down to Lowe's to pick up some insect spray to take care of the problem. Now, I couldn't tell you the difference between a bee, a wasp, a hornet, or a yellow-jacket--they're all just flying, stinging insects to me. Lowe's only had spray for wasps and hornets, so I took my chances and bought a couple cans. Unfortunately, the spray deterred, but didn't stop the swarm (one is left to wonder just what, really, is the difference between a hornet and a bee; and also, how sophisticated these sprays must be to target just the desired pestilence, with such precise killing ability in a chemical seemingly only possible in episodes of Alias. Or why the spray manufacturers would think that there are people out there thinking, "Please--let the bees and yellow-jackets live, I don't care if they sting me, I really just want to kill these other two particular varieties of flying, stinging insects."). Fortunately, the plain old grocery store had Raid, which promised to kill all of the above, and indeed it did. After bathing the area in a wash of toxic chemicals, the bees dropped dead and fell to the ground in droves.
Two days later, there's still no sign of a resurgence. I still have no idea what they were doing up there. And after all my recent wiring projects involving crawling around in the cramped, hot attic, I'm really in no rush to climb up there and investigate. Who knows.