Late Season Removal

The homeowner has had bees in this house for at LEAST 3 years.  While they have not been a problem for the homeowner, they posed a potential problem for roofing crews who were to replace the roof.  Hammering and activity on the roof tends to occasionally upset bees that are just below the roofers.  😉

A temperature gun indicated that the cluster of bees was in the lower soffit.

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Sure enough – that is where the comb and bees were found.

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There was plenty of comb – stretching from edge to edge around the corner of this soffit space.

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Some of the comb was VERY dark, and tough – indicating that it was aged.

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Once the comb was removed – the roof decking was scraped of all the comb possible, then insulation was placed into the void space to prevent future swarms from moving into the area.

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The queen was quickly found on the brood-comb, and was placed into a clip, and the brood comb added to a hive body for the bees to tend to.

 

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