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.
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This trash can was a removal from a client earlier in the year. Bees had moved into the can last fall – and overwintered… however when they tagged the homeowner a few times – he decided it was time to call me.
I brought the bees home with me – and figured I would move them out of the trash can as soon as I made time. With them bearding outside the can last week (see photo) – it was time!
Once I opened up the side of the can, I saw that it was a MESS inside. The previous owner of said trash can had almost FILLED it up with sticks & cutting debris. The comb was all intertwined in the twigs – so I was only able to salvage about half of the brood-comb… Even with that – I was able to save about 10 frames of comb. There was a LOT – but it was a messy removal (and not with honey).
After the move from trash can to box – which took about 2.5 hours of careful work, there was still about the same amount of bees bearded on the outside of the new box. I added another medium sized box to the deep a day or so later, and with cool weather – they all finally went in – and are now performing as they should.
The tenant in this condo has seen bee activity since he moved in last November. Given the number of holes in the side of the building – I am not surprised at all. He had a sticky spot on the upstairs wall of his home – which alerted him to the possibility of honeybees in that wall. The spot on the wall, though – was NO WHERE near the entrance the bees were using. My laser thermometer could not verify presence of bees in the wall at all… However, it DID show that warmth was transmitting through the floor – in the joist space between the 1st and 2nd floors – above the entryway of the back porch.
These bees in the space I opened had only been here for a about a month. the comb was nice and fresh, pure white, and had a fantastic brood pattern.
I found the queen on the 2nd piece of comb that was removed, and she posed nicely for the camera. 😉
Bees have been entering this unoccupied home for an unknown amount of time. (After viewing and examining the comb – I believe the space had been occupied for at least 2 years). Click on each photo for a larger version of each one – and there are 4 videos linked in this post.
Initial view of the home.
And of the kitchen corner:
Comb seen from the opening in the dining area. First 3 photos are straight up – last photo is to the next joist space to the left.
Initial opening view – Video Able to see that comb is behind the 2×12, and access would have to be made from the outside as well for the hive to be removed.
The patio cover has no comb inside of it.
Siding off – And insulation panel exposed
Wood panel opened
Comb was LARGE. Right at 2′ tall.
Bees removed, comb removed, and filling the void with insulation, then replacing the wood panel, insulation panel, and vinyl siding.
Also the drywall inside was replaced into its’ position.
And for fun – a view of what I dealt with during the removal. This was a feeding frenzy of neighborhood bees cleaning up the honey while I was working.
Several weeks ago, an attentive homeowner watched as a swarm moved into the joist space between floors of a backyard “garage apartment”. On eviction day – access to the comb was through the flooring above the bees. A laser thermometer showed that there was a hot-spot in the corner – marking the space where the brood and bees would be.
Once opened, the bees were very docile. The queen was quickly found in a cluster of bees
She was a runner!
This colony set up shop in the ceiling void space of a gazebo. That portion of the roof line is shaded – so does not get hot enough for there to be a problem with the wax melting.
These bees have a very fertile queen with a great egg-laying pattern!
Honeybees moved into the space below the balcony about a month ago. The queen was found after all the comb was removed, and was captured – and reunited with the workers and comb today. Though the comb was new and soft – a good portion of the brood comb was salvageable.
The homeowner had only noticed these bees over the last few weeks – up near the 2nd floor soffit. At first, we thought they were in the wall – as that portion of the roof DOES get sunshine – but upon checking – the bees were, indeed, in the soffit (as usual!). The comb was actually several years old in the center of the cluster. The queen was found and captured, then reunited with her colony and comb.
Here is a close-up (from the ground). Once the bees and comb had been removed, the space was filled with insulation, and the soffit board was replaced.
These bees were occupying space in 2 irrigation control valve boxes.
Lawn maintenance crews would not go near the boxes with bees, so I was called in to perform the honeybee removals.
Each hive was very small, and had queens that looked to be well mated (from the eggs and larvae pattern in the comb). There were also quite a few drones. Unfortunately, this is a group of SEVERAL characteristics of the more aggressively defensive Africanized hybrid bees. Smaller hive clusters, lots of drones, prone to swarm and abscond/leave on an instant’s notice.
One hive had comb that had gotten wet – so had mold/mildew growing on the comb. The other was healthy looking comb.
This is an OLD house in the country – that off-and-on – has had bees in some space or another over the last 25 years. Previously (15 years ago) they had bees exterminated. This time, they called a beekeeper to do the job.
The house has a broken window – so the bees were entering into the great grandmother’s bedroom. She had to move to another part of the house over the last month to avoid getting buzzed (by the bees! lol)
The old panel siding was removed, and the ship-lap siding was removed. The bees occupied a space approximately 8-feet tall by 2-feet wide (2-foot joist spaces). These bees at first had me thinking they were of questionable genetics… as they were ALL OVER ME during the removal. However, as I progressed, I remembered that the homeowner had not had any problems at all with doing yard work. These bees were HUNGRY! Hungry bees are pissy bees. There was not a single drop of capped honey or open nectar. There was, however, a LOT of brood. I think the queen’s ability to lay eggs was taking up the resources of the hive to feed the larvae & pupae. They just could not save any honey at this time.
Here is the queen! Very much a fertile queen!!
Bees have been in the wing of this garage for about 2-3 years. The homeowner had no problems with the bees… however, the neighbor did – so the city asked him to “take care of the problem”.
Luckily, he called around and called me for the live removal of the bees.
The garage wing – out to the right of the house.
Bees hanging out at their entrance spot (after I removed the board covering it)
Just a few bees inside. 😉
The bees and comb all taken out. The brood comb (5 frames) was placed into a small 5-frame hive, along with the queen – and the bees were all combined with their comb and the rest of the worker bees later that evening.