Bee Swarm in Tall Tree

The dreaded Small Hive Beetle has menaced my hives all season. The bottom photograph shows the extent of the damage. After both hive absconded I froze the frames in the freezer, albeit a slow process with limited space in our freezer. This costed my bees with at least 4 boxes of honey. I hope to put these back in hives that I caught.

One of my hives settled in a new bee box I set in another area of my yard. I used Swarm Commander to lure them there. Swarm Commander has proven over and over a great tool in catching a new swarm.

But the photos of this huge swarm from my strongest hive still hasn’t come down or settled anywhere in over one week. Yes 8 nights, including a couple light rains, and it’s still there. I’m pretty sure it’s growing. I’d bet it’s building comb, right out in the open. 70’ above ground in an oak tree.

I first noticed this swarm Monday evening as I came out to grill. I heard that sound that first makes one think it’s a helicopter, but a bee keeper quickly realizes is a mass of bees flying in a frenzy. By the end of my grilling it made a sizeable clump on the tree. Approximately 1 ½ feet long.

Try as I may, it won’t come down. Well, as long as it doesn’t swarm into a neighbor’s yard and get everyone riled up, I’m fine with it finding a home. It’s a strong hive if it comes your way. Was extremely busy all spring and summer.

Now to find a solution to kill the SHB larvae in the ground. One dealer was out of Star Gard, which I planned to drench the ground around the old hive location.

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NC Wildlife Commission Debunks Hellbender Bounty Rumor


NC Wildlife Commission Debunks Hellbender Bounty Rumor. It doesn’t exist. In fact, this rare species of salamander is on a protected list. Classified as a ‘species of special concern’. It’s a misdemeanor to harass, remove, injure or kill. If you see one of these in our cold, freshwater, mountain streams, enjoy watching it. In fact, let the Wildlife Commission know where you spotted it. GPS coordinates are requested, if possible.



This is an amazing salamander. It’s one of the biggest salamander species, if not the biggest. For photographs and more, go to:

Figure 1Hellbender Salamander

W. Kirk Sanders, Attorney

Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, LLP

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Compelling Production of Will in NC


Two articles addressing the topic of Last Wills and Testaments not being produced to the Clerk:

When someone in possession of a Last Will & Testament refuses to file the will with the Clerk or deliver it to the named executor:

Petition to Probate a Lost Will:

NC Estate Litigation Attorneys

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Log Cabin Builder North Carolina



Whether it’s your vacation lodge or primary log home, call builder Kevin Nunn (336-751-6180) at Bear Creek Log Homes, for your log cabin, log home, or lodge needs.

Kevin received awards as Log Home of America’s builder. He has built approximately 200 log homes in his over twenty year career as a general contractor.

Whether you are in Blowing Rock, Davie, Boone, Forsyth County and beyond, call Kevin. His experience and workmanship count.

For more information on his site plans or a tour of his log homes, go to:

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Estate Tip: Why Buy when you can Rent a Coffin

Why buy a coffin for a 1 day viewing? Coffins or caskets can cost $5,000. In some cases, the family member that passed never spent that much on a car their entire life.

Note: coffin or not, a corpse being buried must be put in a water tight vault for North Carolina cemeteries. A pine box will work just as well as a $5000 coffin in the vault.

So this sounds a little curt, but why not just rent the coffin? I thought about that as a business but looks like some frugal, wise business person can rest in peace on being first:

Pardon the morbidity.

B&G Pie Company back in business

After a short hiatus dealing with issues at the old location, B&G Pies is back and baking in Winston-Salem. B&G has been baking pies since 1949. Chocolate, Apple, Cherry, Lemon and Peach are the flavors. These pies are superior to Hostess and other wannabees.

W. Kirk Sanders, Attorney

Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, LLP

Will Caveats & Fiduciary Abuses/ Condemnation Cases / Business drafting, Litigation & Collections

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NC Farm Statistics

North Carolina has a great agriculture department. Here’s a link to the statistics for the state

Monthly Farm Report, County Estimates, Farm Census, Weather & Crops Reports.

My soap box: before you buy Monsanta products think: Heirloom seeds.

W. Kirk Sanders, Attorney

Telephone: (336)723-7200

Business drafting, litigation & collections/ Will Caveats & Fiduciary Abuses/ Condemnation Cases