Category Archives: Bee Preservation

3/4 plywood

 

Our neighbor came by our house and said he had bees in his ceiling.  Funny thing was that he knows we do this kind of work, but didn’t put two and two together until he was talking to a friend about it.  The friend said she knew someone who does a great job, then told him about us.  We went to to remove the bees.  The problem for me is heights, I can’t stand them.  His house is built on stilts and from this room the drop was make 50 feet. We covered the window and that worked for me.  We started cutting into the ceiling with our multitool.  We thought we were hitting a beam or something because the thing wouldn’t cut, and there was sawdust falling.  I got my saw out and started cutting.  When the piece came out we saw it was 3/4 inch plywood for the ceiling.

We have to come back

 

We got the call from a condo project we have removed bees from before.  When we got there I looked closely and saw the bees had cleaned the entrance to the hive.  They were using the hole used to pull up the top.  I put my suit on and tried to get the top up. It wasn’t budging, so I told the manager we had to come back.  We came back a few days later and opened it up.  There was a good amount of comb and bees.  But we did see that the queen was old, and was laying in a shotgun pattern.  People watched from their lanai’s.

We opened the cabinet about two weeks ago

That’s what they said when I asked how long the thought the bees had been in there. Thankfully Mike the Marine (see a previous post) was there to help.  We opened the cabinet and saw comb filling the top half of the cabinet.  It was maybe 18 inches wide by 1 foot deep and about 18 inches from the top to the shelf.  Comb filled every inch of that space.  Mike wanted another hive and brought an empty hive.  We fill 6 of 10 frames full of comb and still threw away about 10 pounds of wax.

Something old school

One of the things I like about doing this is the interesting things you get to see and find in peoples yards and houses. The guy told me that “back in the day” it was hard and very expensive to buy a smoker here in Hawaii.  Most people made their own out of whatever they had on hand. He knew someone who worked at a place that imported wine by the barrel.  He bought an old barrel and turned it into a smoker.  He has been using it for many years.  However the design of a smoker is a perfect place for bees.  I got them out and everyone was happy.