Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2015
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Below is a link to a fantastic 17 minute documentary on solitary bees (hosted on Vimeo.com). So many more pollinators are just as vital to the health of our Earth – not just our European honeybees.
These bees had a GREAT demeanor! They have been in the joist space for about 2 years according to the comb color and condition.
When I found the queen – I carried the comb down off the ladder to capture her in my queen cage – however she fell off the comb on the way down off of the ladder. I sat down to review my video to see if I could figure out where she dropped off – and while sitting there in the shade under the tree – she just walked right up to me. I grabbed her, put her into a queen cage, and continued the removal.
(background music: Shiva Shambo by Namaste’)
These bees MUST be Canadian – because they are so polite! The story told by the comb is that they have been here for about 2 months, and that the queen is a fertile and well-laying queen with a solid brood pattern. Plus they are hard-working bees that are bringing in a good amount of nectar. Today’s score: Friendly Canadian Bees, removed with NO bee suit, and only lightly smoked. Found and captured the queen VERY quickly after opening the soffit
These bees moved in to a “yard art” straw skep about a year ago. The top 2/3 of the skep was capped honey, and the bottom 1/3 was brood comb. The queen was found after all the comb had been removed and was placed in the commercial Langstroth hive. The homeowner wanted to keep the bees in their yard – so I sold them the woodenware for the purpose, and labor for the transfer.
These bees look to have taken up residence at this tree house early this last spring of 2015. (a) External Hive (b) Protected Hive (in joist space) (c) Hive in Column underneath the joist space hive. Queens were eventually found for all 3 removals – and the bees are recovering at the bee yard.
The first removal of two today. Honeybee removal from a compost bin. They probably have been here around 2 months from the comb condition. Found the queen quickly, and they have a fantastic demeanor.
I leave them until after sundown, and pick them up after they have all clustered into their new home.
This honeybee trapout has been completed after about 3.5 weeks.
The queen DID come out, and has joined her workers in the 5-frame box. She is laying worker eggs, and there are worker eggs, larvae, and capped brood as well as a little drone brood. Looks like a good pattern so far – though it is early in the game for her in this box.
The bee truck needed maintenance – when I bought it – the fuel pumps (both!) had rusted completely – so I put a new pump into the front tank. The tank had rust in it – so I knew it would be sooner or later than I would need a new tank, and another pump & filter. That time was now…. I was only going about 90 miles before the filter would clog, and starve the engine of fuel. Better, now! Will do the same with the rear tank later in the summer.
This was the first of two removals today. Great bees – but too close to Laura’s cement pond 😉 Scooped the queen in probably the first handful that I grabbed from the cluster after pulling out the comb. They all moved into the box today, and will head to the bee yard (or an observation hive) soon.
A trapout is an option for honeybee removal from a tree or structure. This short 11-minute video shows the process of a trapout that was started on 6-7-2015. Depending upon how many bees are in their colony, a trapout can take up to 6-8 weeks to complete.