Hawaii is a small place. If you live here long enough you are going to run into someone you know. That happened to me on this removal. The woman’s husband called and said the bees had been in the eves for about 3 days. I told him I would pick them up. When I got there, he said you drive for a living don’t you? Then he named the company. His wife works at a place I make deliveries to on a regular basis. I call her the rose lady because she has a large rose tattoo on her arm.
The woman called and I missed the call, so I called back. She didn’t answer the phone so I left a message. She called me back and I missed it again! So she texted me and we connected that way. She thought the bees had been in the flower pot only a few days, maybe a week. She had put the flower pot over a stump so it wouldn’t grow. I filled five frames with comb and brood. The bees gathered on the outside of the nuc, so I had to smoke them in. There were a lot of them!
My wife went for the estimate. The people said it was a shed, that is what she saw. When we got there and moved the buckets we saw the shower head. This was once an outside shower. We started cutting into the wall where the bees were and found that it was cement board. All we had was out multitool. While it is good, the blades we have were not made for cement. We wore out two blades. Then we opened up the wall, wow! There were lots of bees and even more comb. There was also lots of brood. We used all five frames and still had c
The view from the patio was gorgeous! It was right on the water, and the people had their own dock. He called and said he had bees in an old portable bar. He said I could take the whole thing since it was very weathered. We made the appointment to pick them up on Sunday evening. He called and asked if we could make it on Saturday instead. Then he called again and said something came up, could be come by on Friday. On Wednesday he called and said he had scheduled tree trimmers to come work on Friday, could I come by on Thursday and get them. When got there, they were covered with plastic. Once we got the plastic off we tried to open the cabinet. The bees had built so much comb we couldn’t get it open. So we just threw two sheets over them and carted them away.
The guy in the picture is an arborist and contracts with the Federal Court at 300 Ala Moana Blvd. He gave me a call and said the owner of this car was freaking out because of the bees. The wind has been blowing hard for the last few days. The bees thought they had found a great place to hang out, out of the wind. Once I scooped them into the nuc they were more than happy to stay.
I got a call from Wailua High/Intermediate school about bees on a bench. I got there and found the bees were very calm. There were several young women standing watching what I was doing. I explained what I was doing. They asked how I know all this stuff. I told them I read it. They lost interest as soon as I said that!
Sheldon called some time ago and said he wanted a swarm. We got him one, and he has kept in contact. Sheldon is in the US Navy, and works as a Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist. He asked if he could come help with a removal. We never turn down young help! His family works in construction and so he knew a lot. When he was removing the comb he went very slow. That is his EOD training, they have to go slow so they don’t blow themselves up. He did a great job and we thank him for his help.
The woman called and told me a story. She said about 1 million bees formed on the side of her house. She put out some stinky stuff and they moved. The next morning she noticed they had moved to the other side of the house, that is when she called me. We took a standard 5 frame nuc. We saw the bees from the outside and it looked small. Then we got inside and saw how big this swarm really was. We had to go home and get a full hive. I used a 5 gallon bucket to scoop them. They filled a 1/4 of the bucket! We left the hive and came back later that afternoon and most of the bees were in the box. This was one of the largest swarms we have seen in a long time.
We got a call from a guy who had bees in his shed. When we got there, there were a lot of chairs set up in his carport. There were also mic’s and other sound equipment set up. I asked if they were having a big party. The guy told me he was a Pastor and they were going to have church in a few hours. To me that is cool, that is the way they used to do it, church in someones home. We took a look at the shed. It was hot in the back yard where this was, then we put on the bees suits and it got much hotter. The bees had attached to a beach bag and a tub of laundry soap. To make sure we had all the comb we had to unload the lower half of the shed. We put the comb in the hive and they all seemed to go right in. They also calmed down fairly fast.
The guy called and said he had bees in his palm tree. He told me a swarm had gotten there about 2 weeks ago, he thought they were going to leave. They had other ideas, they built a good sized home in that two weeks. I asked him how high he thought they were. He told me there were about 6 feet up. I got there, put up my 12 foot ladder and still had another 5 feet to go. I put a strap around the branch and pulled it down to me. They had actually built on a tree limp next to the palm tree. I dropped the whole thing in a bucket and then into frames. I put the nuc as close as I could. In about an hour most of the bees had gotten into the nuc.