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Old 05-22-2012, 04:02 PM   #21
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Also, make sure your guests are comfortable in your back yard, especially while dining. Your back yard / patio ambiance is just as important as the food you prepare.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #22
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Also, make sure your guests are comfortable in your back yard, especially while dining. Your back yard / patio ambiance is just as important as the food you prepare.
I've got a deck and recently got a patio set...just one major issue: I think there's a beehive nearby because there are way too many bees.

I'm now googling methods to keep them away.
Ugh, what a pain.

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #23
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I'm now googling methods to keep them away.
Beer and Bourbon!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:44 PM   #24
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I've got a deck and recently got a patio set...just one major issue: I think there's a beehive nearby because there are way too many bees.

I'm now googling methods to keep them away.
Ugh, what a pain.

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First you have to find the hive. It may be above or underground. If there is a risk of allergic reactions, you may want to consider an exterminator.
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I've got a deck and recently got a patio set...just one major issue: I think there's a beehive nearby because there are way too many bees.

I'm now googling methods to keep them away.
Ugh, what a pain.

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Are they bees, or are they hornets? Bees shouldn't "bee" a problem, and if they're honeybees, please don't kill them. Keep flowers away from immediate eating and seating areas. Unless they're Africanized, they won't hurt you unless you step or sit on them. A beekeeper could help relocate the hive.

Hornets, on the other hand, are nasty beasties, very territorial, and with wicked stings. If you need to spray the hornets, locate the nest and spray in the evening after they've gone to bed and are dormant. There are good products that can hit them from a distance. Hornets can sting repeatedly, honeybees die once they sting. Hornets can also have above and below ground nests.
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Unless they're Africanized, they won't hurt you unless you step or sit on them.
True! ~~ Basically just leave them alone.
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Grill often. Bees don't like smoke.
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Grill often. Bees don't like smoke.
Actually, smoke relaxes them! It's what beekeepers use to calm the hive while doing maintenance and removing honeycombs.

Still would work! Especially for the carnivorous steak-loving bees.
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Actually, smoke relaxes them! It's what beekeepers use to calm the hive while doing maintenance and removing honeycombs.

Still would work! Especially for the carnivorous steak-loving bees.
That's interesting to know.

I didn't realize there was an active beehive under the patio cover when I moved my smoker there. After using my smoker once the bees vacated and never returned.
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That's interesting to know.

I didn't realize there was an active beehive under the patio cover when I moved my smoker there. After using my smoker once the bees vacated and never returned.
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