Bees in trees
by David Minick
(Jackson Mi VCL)
I live in a woods where there are many den trees. We used to have many wood ducks nesting in these dens but now most are full of bees. I don't want to bother the bees at all but I just put up two duck houses. Is there any way of discouraging the bees from taking over these dens?
Glad to hear your woods are full of bees. That's a good thing! But I understand it can also be a nuisance at times.
Unfortunately, though, I don't have any personal experience with repelling honey bee swarms. I've always been more concerned with catching swarms for starting new colonies. So repelling them is the opposite of what I've wanted to do.
You could seal up the entrances to the tree, and that would certainly keep bees from taking up residence in the tree since bees can't create or enlarge entrances themselves. But of course that would also discourage the use of the tree by other creatures.
Wish I could be of more help, but perhaps someone else will happen upon this and have some suggestions for you. If so, they can offer their suggestions by using the comment form below.