I have done lots of removals from hot tubs. They are not easy because the bees build way up inside where it is hard to reach. I had to remove 1/4 of the side panels of this tub to get to them. Then I had to lie on my back and reach up to get the bees. Then I had to get up and put the comb in the frames. I was tired when I got done with this. The owner is an artist and has work in Honolulu Hale.
The owners of this home had just come home from church and were sitting on their lanai peacefully drinking coffee when a cloud of bees came overhead. For people who have never see a swarm in flight it can be scary. They watched as the bees landed in the large bush, then they called us. We explained what had happened and we would save the bees.
We have removed more hives from this set than I can remember. It is styrofoam and wood. The styrofoam gets bad and lets bees in. This one had two hives near each other. We had to use the lift to get to them. If you notice one guy is wearing a t shirt and no gloves. The other guy is not using gloves. I couldn’t do that. If I tried I would be in the hospital within 10 minutes ! We got both hives and everyone was happy.
Honolulu Country Club is a gorgeous place. The entrance driveway has waterfalls on both sides, the place is very well maintained. We have gotten two calls from them so far. This one was in a small palm tree very near where the first swarm was last year. However, this one was much more difficult to remove. The bees had gotten in-between the branches and were hanging on for dear life. Shaking them out was not working, so I reached in a scooped them with my hand.
The woman called and said she had bees in her tree. This was just after we had done a removal from a wall. We were just sitting down to a much deserved rest, but when bees swarm you have to move, at least they were close. When we got there the woman and her two kids were in the front of the house, the bees were in the back. She didn’t even want to come out in the front because of the bees. Finally she came out and showed us where they were. She even stayed nearby and video shot the whole thing, she wasn’t as scared as she thought. This was a fairly large group of bees! I shook them into the box and stood back. One of the kids was brave, she went much closer than the rest of the family to take a look. When it looked as if we had most of them in the box we closed it up and took them home.
Older homes are hard to work on, this one was no exception. They had metal covering part of the outside wall. The space we had to work in was a bit cramped. Then when we cut the wall open we saw the bees had built on both sides of the stud. Reaching in to cut out comb with angry bees everywhere is not fun. To make sure the space wasn’t used by bees again we filled it with expanding foam. Jon came to help and I was very grateful.
I was told the bees were in a blue box in the carport. The “Blue Box” was a 5 foot tall by 4 foot sturdy wooden box. It was filled completely with stuff. The bees had gotten in and went to the bottom to start to build. I had to take everything out. Some of the boxes inside had bees attached to them, so that was the easy part. Then I had to turn the thing on its side, crawl in and scoop the bees. When I was don’t with that I had a 5 gallon bucket half full of bees. I waited for about 10 minutes for the bees to gather around the bucket, then I put a sheet over them and took them home.
Sometimes the bees take the queen and leave when things get bad in the hive. That is what happened with this hive. We had to smoke the hive so we could see the comb, shortly after we started removing the comb my wife said she saw what looked like a swarm forming on the roof across the alley. We took the comb out and noticed that there weren’t very many bees in the area. We put the hive near the “swarm” because we were sure they were from this hive. We thought they would go into the hive since this was now home. We went to lunch, when we came back they were still on the roof. My wife suggested the queen may be in that group on the roof. The person who came to help us went on the roof and scooped them into the box. As soon as she scooped them into the box they all trooped right in. We waited a bit and brought the box down. The woman who was with us was very new at this and said she never thought in a million years as a bee keeper she would be climbing on a roof to catch bees.
We got a call in the late afternoon from a man who said his neighbor was going nuts because of the swarm. I told him I would have to get it in the morning. The Dept. of Trans. had closed 3 of 5 lanes on the freeway and traffic wasn’t moving. What would have normally taken me 20 min. would have taken me 2 hours, so I told him I would come in the morning if the bees were still there. We got there and they told me the neighbor was bothering them non stop about the bees. My friend Cindy went with us and was standing by. The neighbor came up and started asking her all kinds of questions. He wanted to know everything! When he saw us working he was more curious than worried.