This condo project we have been to three times. This one was a bit more difficult than the others. I couldn’t get close to the place where the bees were because there was a window air conditioner in the way. But we worked around it and got them out.
The bees were in a shoe rack that had fallen. We asked a beekeeper if she wanted the bees to start her hive. She brought one hive, then we realized they also had a swarm in a bush in the front. She went home got another hive and went home with two instead of one. The owner of the house is a HAM radio operator.
Bees love cabinets. It is a perfect place for them to build. These girls built in the middle of town. I was kind of surprised at how large the hive was. The guy wanted me to take the cabinet apart when I removed the bees, he was dumping it. He couldn’t was clothes for a bit because he would have to be right next to the hive and they didn’t like the vibration of the washing machine.
People ask what we do with he bees. This is one of the places we have bees. All of these are either swarms or removals. They two groups of hives in two different locations. They are doing well and we hope to get honey next year. It takes about two years to get them to the place where they are strong enough to give up honey.
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.