I had been away for a day trip to NY yesterday, and so the first thing I did when I got home was to go look and see how the bees were doing. Storm clouds were moving in fast at that time, so I put a brick on the the outside top cover of the hive to ensure it wouldn’t blow away, and I also collected the feeder with the mason jar and ran inside my house just as it started pouring down rain. As I came into the house I heard a loud crack from above my head and saw my neighbor’s giant trees swaying significantly due to the strong wind that had suddenly picked up, and so I placed feeder on the kitchen counter safely inside so that there was no chance of having to clean-up broken glass tomorrow, and then I ran back outside to move my car up further in the driveway – hopefully to avoid any huge tree branches from totaling my car.
When I got back inside the house, and whew! all of this happened within the first couple minutes of being home (finally), my husband is yelling something about bees are in the house – and oh my, they certainly were! They had still been inside the feeder that I had just brought in and I hadn’t checked that it was vacant before I brought it in. So now those bees are flying everywhere, totally confused as to where they are, flying at the windows, flying at the light bulbs, buzzing everywhere!
Luckily it was just a few, and we were able to strategically capture them and set them free outside. The lesson here is: Be sure to check your Boardman Feeder before ever bringing it inside a house or other establishment. Or better yet, just leave it outside – ha!