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Ask Uncle Joe - 3-26-14
Dear Uncle Joe:
Do you guys consider bees to be wildlife? Last year we had a lot of bees
in a tree and I may need to address them soon. Is there a way to relocate a
hive humanely? I know how important bees are but I don't want them this
close to the house. I'm afraid of being stung.
Thanks for asking! The good news is that if they are truly honey bees and
not yellowjacket wasps, the risk of being stung by them is remote, unless
you intentionally agitate them for some reason.
Find out if there is a local beekeeper in the area. They might be able to
help by setting up a decoy hive near the main bee entrance in the tree and
coaxing the bees into it. The decoy hive (a plain wooden box could work
well) needs to be in place for a few weeks until they comfortably make it
their home, and then the beekeeper can smoke the bees out of the tree and
into the box and then take it elsewhere.
If there is no local beekeeper search for bee removal services in your
area (they will charge a fee for their service). Interview them thoroughly
to make sure they will relocate the bees and not just provide "pest control"
services. Also make sure they will remove all honey if some is present since
left behind honey will attract other animals and insects if it is not
defended by a colony of bees.
If these options do not work for you it is possible to move the bees
yourself. Put on some protective clothing, making sure to tie or tape it
tightly around your wrists, waist, and ankles. Bundle up some old rags or
newspaper and light them on fire - just be sure you have a bucket of water
or a hose nearby in case you need to quickly put out a small fire. Blow the
fire out quickly because all you're trying to do is create some smoke, and
put the smoldering rags/newspaper near the entrance to the hive. Soon you'll
see the bees fly out. You may have to repeat this several times to be sure
that all the bees have left the tree. Once you're certain all the bees have
left the tree, seal up the holes the bees were using as entrances and exits.
You may want to consult a local arborist who can determine the health of the
tree because in some cases it may need to be taken down to prevent the risk
of termites migrating from the tree to your home.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
Dear Uncle Joe:
We recently bought some property with an old barn that we're going to use
for our horse. My husband went into the crawl space and found some boxes
with some animal furs. Some were flattened and one was attached to a hoop.
My husband wants to make pillows out of them but I thought there might be
something we could do with them to help wildlife? Maybe pile them in the
corner of the barn and let the squirrels have a warm nest?
Katie and James,
Hello Katie and James,
Great question! I hear the question "what can I do with animal fur" from
time to time but it is often from someone who has an old fur coat that they
will not wear. This is a case where you can enlist the help of a local
wildlife rehabilitator. You can call Wildlife Watch at 877-wildhelp, and
they will give you contact information for your nearest wildlife
rehabilitator. Often they can use animal furs as bedding for orphaned
wildlife - to comfort them through stressful times before they are able to
be released. The skin stretched on the hoop is from a beaver - this is a
common way trappers prepare furs for market or display.
Dear Uncle Joe,
I'm a single dad raising a terrific daughter to respect animals and
wildlife in a community that is far more pro-hunting than any should be. My
daughter, Amber, came home from school recently very upset because a girl in
her class told her that she and her brother went turkey hunting and she
showed her pictures of her with the dead turkey. She was upset because her
friend had shot the turkey and was talking about it as if it was something
to be proud of. I'm glad Amber had the reaction she did but she's having a
hard time coming to terms with knowing this about her friend. We've always
been a family that has loved animals but I don't know exactly how to explain
to her that some people hunt for enjoyment.
Thank you for your hard work for wildlife. Please come to Florida we need
Amber sounds like a terrific kid and she's lucky to have a dad who
respects wildlife in the face of the status quo. If I were her dad, I'd
first ask her to tell her friend that she does not want to hear hunting
stories or see pictures of dead animals. Since this is happening in school,
you might want to call the teacher and ask that this not happen in the
classroom. It is the teacher's job to make sure that students do not disrupt
classroom instruction which happens when your daughter is shown hunting
photos. If Amber feels comfortable approaching the teacher herself, she
should do so requesting the same thing. The object of this is not to get her
friend in trouble, only to control and limit what is and what is not
acceptable in class. Amber may want to tell her friend how precious she
feels wildlife is.
Turn this unfortunate event into an opportunity to
bring her in closer touch with wildlife and nature. Spend an evening on the
computer looking up wildlife native to the area quiz each other about them,
and spend a day this weekend at a state park hanging out with the animals
who are there. This will have a positive impact on her and on your future
grandchildren should she choose to have kids of her own someday.
Dear Uncle Joe:
I just got a ducjk dynasty stuffed guy of phil roberson they are tv stars
now and you on food stamps and poor.ha Ha ha ha where are the uncle joe
merchandise in stores probably in the garbage bin in back ha hahah my dad
watches the show with me and my dad gonna let me buy a show time with
birthday money and he will give me the rest. We will go hunting and name the
first duck we get Phil or maybe joe you people suck leaveus alone.
Signed ur mama
You don't seem well, are you ok? I know I have not called in a week or so
and I'm sorry about that, but it seems that you've gone downhill rather
quickly. Is there something I can do to help? You've been sharp as a tack in
recent years and while I know you're getting older and might not be at the
top of your game, watching Duck Dynasty and buying plushies of Phil
Robertson concerns me. And you watch it with Grandpa? He died 20 years ago.
Mom, call me. I'm worried.
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