A nursery called and said they had bees in a 55 gal metal drum, could we come get them? We got there and found that they knew the bees had been there, but they haven’t cleaned the area for awhile and it wasn’t a problem. Now they cleaned the area and it was a problem. Since it was late we asked if we could take the barrel with us. My wife reached down to brush off ants, and she rubbed a hole in the thing it was so rusted. We put a sheet on either end of the barrel, put it in the back of my truck and took it to a place we can work on it later. All in all a good capture. While we were there someone else asked us if we do removals from walls. He showed us the place in his house, we are going to work on it later.
Several years ago we went to a house in Manoa, HI. and removed bees. We have been back to the house four times over the years. The house is a pole house, built on stilts so there are many places for the bees to get in. They also have A LOT of steps to get into the house. We just finished another hive in a wall in the house. I expect to get a call next year to remove more.
We got the call when we were weed whacking on the other side of the island. We told him it would be about 3 hours before we could get there. He was good with that. We got there and he showed us the swarm was at the 1st tee. They even let us use a golf cart! That was so cool. When we got there they were getting ready to leave, so we had to work fast. As we were picking them up people were still insisting on teeing off. The bees were not happy and the tee was only 10 feet away, I couldn’t believe it. When you catch a swarm you have to move them about 5 miles or they may leave. Since we are only about 3 miles from where we picked them up we are hoping they stay.
We went to remove a small hive that had taken up residence in a shed. When we got there the people told us there was another hive in a tree nearby. We thought they meant a swarm, but when we took a look there was a real hive being built in the tree. We had to remove that one first, then go back home to pick up another nuc because we were planning on only one. It looks like they will be doing fine in their new home and new spot.