2016 Honeybee Removal Information

Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2016

If you are in need of having a honeybee swarm picked up, or a full colony of bees removed from a structure – please see the following links for my contact information:  (These same links are in the top menu bar on this website as well.)

Also please understand that most bee removal specialists are overwhelmed beginning in March with calls.  In peak season I personally receive between 30-40 calls per day – and do 1-3 full removals per day.  If I do not answer the phone, I am probably in a hive – so please do leave a message and I will return the call as quickly as possible.

Removal Information:
http://www.bohemianutopia.com/wordpress/?page_id=2

Frequently asked questions (and my answers):
http://www.bohemianutopia.com/wordpress/?page_id=512

Around the Corner

Another hive – and the bees have been here a *little* longer than the homeowner had noticed.

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Though much of the comb was pure white – there was also plenty that was tan and brown.  I suspect the bees arrived EARLY this spring, then went unnoticed by the homeowners until they returned from a short vacation.

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Lots of nectar was brought in by these bees.  The comb and bees were removed – and as always – the space filled with insulation, and put back together.

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Though bees were active in this space days prior to the removal – it may have simply been robbing activity.   The placement of the hive raised a concern when I evaluated the colony – as it looked like the hive would be exposed to some intense sun exposure – and the week I evaluated – we had temperatures around 106 deg. F.

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I had taken a temperature reading of the shingles exposed to the sun, and they read at 165 deg. F.  Surely too hot for bees to live just underneath.

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After the soffit was opened – my concerns were confirmed.  The comb had melted, and dropped – and only about 100 bees were left in the void of the soffit.   Wax moth and Small Hive Beetle larvae were already present – so timing was good for this as a “clean-up” job.

 

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Afterwards, the space was filled with insulation, and the soffit put back into order.

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Needing a new roof!

Hail from storms this spring has prompted many homeowners to need new shingles put onto their roofs.  Unfortunately, when bees occupy space in the soffits, the work crews cannot work to hammer the new shingles into place – as the bees become just a bit perturbed at the violation of their vibrational space by hammers.

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They are in the soffit – to the left of the chimney

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Once opened – the hive was exposed, and the comb and bees removed from the void space.  A closer view of their home:

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And once the bees and comb were removed, the void space was filled with insulation, and the soffit was reassembled.

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One House, Two Hives

This homeowner knew that she had bees for “a little while” – however, really could not pinpoint exactly how long.  There were two spots that the bees were entering and exiting the home – so there were two possibilities:  Either there was one LARGE hive, with two entrances…. or there were two separate hives – about 10 feet apart.

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Once the ceiling and wall was opened by the window – it was evident that these were in fact, two separate colonies.

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From the ceiling and joist space by the window, I could see that there was a LARGE colony to the right…  and that the bees by the window were actually in the wall – and not in the joist space.

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The insulation was moved aside – and here is the view:

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These bees – though numerous – were of a very good demeanor – and have been moved to the bee yard after the removal was completed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Strange Archetecture

This porch had a gap between the door, and the outer porch space/roof line.  It made for a strange balancing act while performing this removal.

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Once I figured out my footing – it wasn’t bad at all.  The bees were accessed and removed – and the homeowner opted to perform his own repairs afterwards.

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Do you think the queen got vacuumed?  The workers smelled her scent coming through my catch-box, and gathered on the exhaust side of the vacuum.

 

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These bees are high!

High in the air, that is!

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From the looks of the comb, these bees have been here for about a year – though there was not a LOT of comb, it was a good tan/brown color – indicating it had been here at least through several seasons.

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The comb and bees were pulled out, the space filled with insulation – and buttoned back up = so that the guys replacing the gutters could finish their job.

 

 

Reclaimed and Rebuilt Fireplace Mantle

(note:  click pics for larger versions)
Several years back, for another project – I had visited a house that was in process of being demolished – in order to reclaim some of the building materials.   (Yes – with permission and blessing from the demolition crew)  One of the items that was saved from the bulldozer was a fireplace mantle.   The house had been built in the 1930’s-1940’s (from what we had been told) – and the fireplace mantle was HUGE – and a shame to let be demolished….  So it was put onto my trailer after some gentle persuasion with a pry-bar.

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My home was built in the mid 1970’s – and had a cheaply made facade of a mantle – made only of crown molding – attached to a 2×4 that had been set into the mortar of the chimney.

The old mantle (sorry – no pics that I have been able to find) was removed – and plans progressed to decide how the fireplace’s new look would be envisioned.

The brick around the fireplace would be painted white, as well as the body of the mantle. – The trim would be black, as well as the brick within the inside area of the mantle.

The surrounding brick was painted white, and the inside of the fireplace was painted black with hi-temp paint…  Then life happened, and the project sat for a while – with an electric heater/fireplace in front of the real fireplace.

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Challenges and work to perform – would be to:

  • cut the legs to lower the mantle – so that it could be affixed to the 2×4 already in the wall
  • Remove about 3 inches of wood from the horizontal board that cross over the fireplace entry – to open up the view of the fireplace
  • replace the crown molding under the mantle shelf
  • fill a large hole in the mantle shelf that had been used for electrical wires/plug in the mantle’s former home
  • repaint the wood for a more contemporary modern look (I’ll talk about that later)

First order of business was to take plenty of pictures of the mantle before it was disassembled.  The structure was simple enough that it could be rebuilt completely if needed.   The structure of the legs and cross member was replaced with a fresh board behind each seam – and screwed into place – instead of the nails that had formerly done the job.  (The nails allowed too much flex in the overall body of it)

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The trim pieces and shelf were removed.  And measurements were carefully taken… multiple times….  (measure 3x, cut once!!!)

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The legs were then cut with a skil-saw.  The horizontal member was then measured and marked – and also cut with the skil-saw.  Finish cuts of the ends were made with a Japanese draw-saw for a flush cut.

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Sanding….  80-grit, then 150-grit – all with an electric sander.  I suspect the 3-layers of old paint may have had some lead-based paint in them – and possibly oil-based layers more recently – so a mask was worn when sanding.   Primer of all the surfaces was then applied.  (I used Kilz Original – which is oil-based, however allows latex paints to be painted over it)

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New 3/4″ quarter-round was  put into the inside edges of the mantle, and filler was applied to all the seams and nail holes.   Sanding commenced again.

Black and white enamel appliance paint was used for the final coats.  3 coats each of the white and black paints.

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And the finished, installed, new-to-this-home fireplace mantle.

 

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While I an very proud of my work on this project – it’s a bit “contemporary” for (a) my personal taste, and (b) my current furniture.   Eventually, I’d like to place “fireplace glass” into the fireplace with a new burner for it.  Then new projects on the horizons.  😉

Brownsboro… by way of Ben Wheeler

An out-of-town military serviceman had been stationed on the east coast – and while renovations are being done to his Texas home – it was decided that it was TIME to take out the honeybees, so that other repairs could proceed.

He mentioned to me that he knew the bees had been there a while – (years) – but since they were up high – they really had not bothered anyone – so left them….  to grow…  and steal… (the – these little ladies were stealing from their community!!  Much of the 5+ year old comb had GREEN honey in it.  I do believe they may have found the local snow-cone stand syrup and brought it in to consume!  Who doesn’t like a snow-cone on a hot day?  😉 )

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Once opened, here is a short snippet of the view I had

 

 

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Though it was HOT outside (102+ deg. F) – these bees really were docile.  The video looks chaotic and unnerving – however the bees were NOT attacking me.

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Once finished – the vinyl soffit panels were put back into place.   One the way home, I was hoping to stop in for a cool-down beverage at The Forge in Ben Wheeler – however it was still early in the day – so they were closed.   So I took a quick snapshot of the town’s little wedding chapel across the street.

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Utility Company Bees

Another beekeeper received an EMERGENCY call about honeybees that needed to be removed from a telephone utility box.  He was unable to make it – so contacted me to see if I was available.  I was able to respond for the company – and take care of the bees.

The box as I approached it:

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The insides… Uh – were a mess of wires.  This took TIME and precision work to not disrupt anyone’s home telephone service (does anyone actually HAVE a land-line any more?)

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My main tools for this removal were the smoker – to run the bees out of the box and collect them – and a LONG carving knife that reached way down to carefully trim out the comb.

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Once finished, the wires were tucked back up into the cover, and I was on my way.