If its not one thing its another….how many times have I said that opening a new post? I was touch up painting Vivian’s room yesterday around 5:00 or so and I heard what I thought was a fly buzzing around the room. I absently thought to myself that summer has finally arrived when a fly gets in the house and that I needed to go find the fly swatter. I didn’t pay it much attention and kept painting. Then, all of a sudden, it got louder and I thought I was hearing things or my ears were ringing until I looked right outside Vivian’s window. I wish I had a picture! It was a huge cloud of angry bees! All I could do stare and call for Steven. I stood there fixed when he arrived in the room and I pointed at the huge swarm outside the window. Steven immediately went and found the phone book while I still stood and stared at the very strange phenomenon. I am glad he was thinking! I was transfixed watching the bees buzz. Then they all landed on one of my new fascia boards in a big droopy group like a hive. Steven could not find someone to come out and exterminate them, so he came back in the room and explained what happened. He said they either lost their queen and are looking for a new place, or the queen moved and took up residence on our fascia board.
Since we couldn’t get anyone out last night, we went on to church. Coming home, we looked up to see if they were still there, an lo and behold, this big cluster of bees were still sitting on the fascia board. This morning, I woke up to clanging and a clatter. The exterminator had arrived and Steven was out there watching. When all the bees were cleared, a hole was discovered. They had already created a hole in my NEW fascia board where the flashing met. ARGH! Why couldn’t they go chew on one of the rotted boards so we could replace it?? NO….they had to go and make a hole in my NEW fascia board where we had a sill replaced, along with the siding, fascia and flashing.
So, I have yet to go survey the damage. I am too disgusted to even think about it. Steven will have to cover it up with some ugly piece of wood for now so no other pests will get in it. I might be able to talk him into painting it white before he puts it up so at least it will match until we replace the fascia board again….sigh….
I am so glad that it happened this week than when we were on vacation. If it happened while we were on vacation, we would have come back to honey dripping through the roof…oh yuck…it would have been awful and the damage extensive. I am so thankful that we noticed it! I am so glad that I was standing there and saw them swarm. Otherwise, we may not have noticed for a while as we don’t usually go out to that side of the house. So, there is a silver lining in everything.
I am going to go pour another cup of coffee and go survey the damage.
***The exterminator came out and POOF they were gone…what was I worried about anyway?