Rockwall Bees

This colony looks to have been here for several months – from the comb – I’d say they probably were an EARLY spring swarm that moved in.

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The bees had entry to a joist space over this porch area.  They have grown substantially in numbers since the homeowner noticed them.

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Once the lower trim and first board were removed (whole boards across for this removal – no cutting of the boards – by request of the homeowner) the joist where the bees were was located.  The boards are tongue and groove cedar planks – and great care and attention was required to not break the fitting to each other – so that it would look right when re-installed.

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They wound up having comb that reached up to 4-board heights.  (sorry – no pics of the whole comb).  These bees were of VERY good demeanor, and should be a great bee-yard addition.

After the bee removal – the void space was filled on ALL the joist spaces to about 3′ tall – across the whole porch.

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And finally – the boards were put back into place, and the trim board replaced – but nailed down tightly to prevent future intrusion by bees.

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