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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.

Barking Dogs

 

The people who live in the house have a large dog, he was not the problem.  Next door they have two small dogs. We were in the house the whole time and nowhere near the dogs. They were way far away from the street and couldn’t see anything from where they were.  We worked on this hive for about 3 1/2 hours, the dogs next door barked the whole time! I couldn’t believe it.

I saw a bunch of bees

 

I opened my green bin and I saw a bunch of bees and called you.  That was the opening to the conversation.  When we went to his house we saw he lived in a really beautiful place.  But he did have a bunch of bees in his green bin.  We took them out. We even moved the bin to where the leftover bees couldn’t find it, that way they would go back to the original hive.  Funny thing was a new group moved in two days later.  We went back and took those out also.  The green recycler is coming soon I hope!

It was sad

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When we first when into the place to look we saw dead bees everywhere. They made a carpet on the floor, covered the countertops, everything.  It was sad!  Then we saw how the previous renter had dealt with the situation.  He had ripped out the ceiling, he didn’t bother cutting it he just tore it out.  He must have put a bug bomb in the house. He killed bees, but new ones moved in.  I cleaned out the old comb and then started on the new stuff.  We were covered in bees, at least there wasn’t much honey dripping.The house had shifted very badly and there were large gaps in the walls.  Where the window was supposed to attach to the wall there was a 6 inch gap.  As we took our break a neighbor told us the house had been empty for about 6 years. The person who owned it was also a beekeeper.  He kept bees on a lower part of the property.  I took a look. I am beginning to really hate stairs!  There were three flights of stairs to get to the lower section.  I saw the bee box and took a closer look.  It was termite eaten and ready to fall apart, but the hive was very active. I hope the new owner saves them instead of killing them.

Can you see them?

 

Neither could I.  The landscaper said the bees were right next to the little bush, the grass was knee-high. I put on my suit because I was worried I might stumble upon them and get stung very badly.  I looked around and was ready to give up when I moved a branch on the bush.  I heard the loud buzzing of bees and looked very closely.  They were on a branch of the bush, but because of their weight they bent the branch over. I moved some grass around and saw them.  I was able to shake them into a bucket and later put them in a hive.

Some of the work

This house was in foreclosure, according to the neighbor it had been empty for about 6 years.  When we went in there were dead bees everywhere! And not just a few, there were thousands. The people who had lived there, maybe illegally, had torn the ceiling away and killed the bees. Other bees moved in and built again.  All we had to do was come in and remove the hive, not repair work needed.

They looked huge

 

When the guy sent me the picture of the bees the swarm looked huge.  I thought they were in a tree and the branch was fairly large, it was just the camera angle.  These girls were about half the size of a football, kind of small as swarms go.  They were ready to get into the nuc. As soon as I shook them in, they all started calming down and finding the box. Most times there are a bunch left behind, not this time, I think he said the left overs were about the size of a child’s fist.

1000 Bishop St

 

I got a call from the building super at 1000 Bishop St.  He said they had bees hanging and they were bothering people walking by.  Naturally I think the bees are somewhere low.  I get there and find the bees are at the top of the 1st story, about 15 feet up.  I parked in a tow away zone. I got my ladder up and was getting on my suit when a cop pulled up and mentioned I was in a tow zone.  Then he noticed I was in my suit and asked where the bees were. I told him to look at the top of the ladder.  He said I could take as long as I wanted!  He was a nice guy.  Pedestrians thought the whole thing was great, except they kept walking under the ladder and bees.  Security even tried to keep them away, but they were in too much of a hurry to walk around.

Yet again

 

Kualoa Ranch lets people film movies. They built the set for Jurrasic World there. The set where the D Rex was housed is a magnet for bees.  We have removed 12 hives from that set.  They called the other day and said they had bees yet again. so we went. It was a good thing we found a long handled scraper nearby or we wouldn’t have been able to get the bees out.  We couldn’t access them from one side and the only access we had was from the stairs. That meant we were about 5 feet below the hive.  We got the comb out and into the nuc.  Then we took a plastic cup and taped it to an extendable pole and scooped them into a bucket.  Then we dumped them into the nuc.  They were not happy we were messing with their hive and came out in force.  We got the comb into the nuc along with most of the bees and took a break while we waited.  We went next door to the Coral Kingdom, a gift shop/restaurant, came back about 1 hour later and they were in the box.  I know we will be getting a call again for this set.