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.
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.
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.