I've heard people in the MS circle say bee sting therapy helps "cure" or lessen the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. I've never been one to endorse this idea/treatment and I'm certainly not ready to change my mind about it now. The problem is my home has become the nesting (or is it hiving?) grounds for a group of very large, black bumble bees and I'm growing apprehensive these bees may have a "different" plan for me!
Three days ago, I discovered a large bumble bee roosting on my ceiling when I got home from work. Being the sometimes diligent earth steward I am, I simply got a large container, captured the bee, and set it loose outside in its natural habitat. I thought it must have come in around a screen or something...after all, it has been ungodly hot here in Seattle and I haven't been the most watchful of my windows as some of them don't even have screens on them.
The next day, I discovered three more of these rather large creatures buzzing or dead in my window sill. I was beginning to think there was now a conspiracy, so I quickly secured any outdoor access they might have, captured the two live bees, took them back outside, toss the dead bee along with them, and decided the problem was remedied. I was wrong.
Yesterday...more bees. Now I figured out they were coming in via some other unknown location so I searched the outside of my home with a fine-toothed comb. To my amazement, I discovered the little stinkers (I don't think they smell at all actually, but calling them "little devils" seems offensive!) crawling in and out of a hole in the siding where the phone line and cable have been brought in! Not wanting a bee hive in my wall, I got out the caulking gun and closed the hole, said a little prayer for the death of the bees still trapped inside, and went to work.
I was sitting in my living room a few minutes ago eating my morning toast and heard that familiar sound of a bee buzzing between the blinds and the window. Yep...another bee. Short of calling an exterminator (which I neither want to pay for nor do I want the bees killed...and I certainly don't want my entire WALL knocked out!) I'm not sure what to do at this point. I think I'm resigning myself to co-exist with the bees! The bee this morning may simply be a "left over" trapped in the wall...that's what I'm hoping anyway.
If I can't get rid of the bees, perhaps I will need to reconsider my position on bee-sting therapy and Multiple Sclerosis. Who knows...maybe there's a "cure" living in my walls and I'm just to dense to figure out my prayers have been answered!