Bees are attracted to light and move away from darkness and shadows. If a bee enters your room and buzzes against the inside of the window trying to get back out into the sunny day, and if you have access to the outside of the window, here is a sure-fire method for removing the bee without hurting it.
- Turn off all the lights in your room. The window should be the brightest source of light.
- Grab a newspaper, sheet of black paper, a large book or something else opaque but easily held. Bigger is better.
- Hold the paper against the outside of the window in front of the bee.
- The bee will fly out of the dark area and towards a lighter spot, usually still buzzing against the window. Sometimes he’ll fly into the room, but don’t worry, he’ll be back at the window in a moment…
- Guide the bee towards the opening of the window by moving the dark spot closer and closer to the open edge.
- When the bee escapes, block the window opening with the dark sheet to ensure the bee flies away and not back in.
Alternately, if you don’t have access to the outside of the window, you can hold the paper behind the bee to block the light from the room and slowly slide the paper (and the bee) towards the window opening, but this method isn’t as reliable. For advanced bee removal from the inside, hold the paper between the bee and the window, but this puts you rather close to the stinging end of Mr Buzz.Posted by kuri at May 15, 2006 02:54 PM