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I didn’t see them till my daughter said something


That is what Heather told me as I caught this swarm.  She said they were so unobtrusive she was sitting on the wall next to them and didn’t even know they were there.  It had been raining and was supposed to really storm later that day, so I guess they were happy to get into a nice dry home.

By Jove I Think She’s Got It

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We got a call about bees in the storage seat of a gazebo.  My 8 and 10 year old granddaughters went with me to help. My 8 year old looked for the bees, when we found them we moved the comb to a table. I cut the comb out and my 10 year rubber banded them in.  Both of them have been out with me a bunch of times.  I think my 10 year old has got the idea of how to do it. My 8 year old is still working on it. The owner of the property wants a hive on her property.

They were ready

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A condo project said they had bees on the sidewalk.  I got there after work and started the process. I put the nuc near them and went back to get my other gear. In the time I went to get my stuff they had found the nuc and started moving in.  All I had to do was stand back and wait.

The roof moved!

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When the woman called she said they couldn’t get in and out of the door.  When I got there I saw the bees were so high up I told them I couldn’t help them.  The manager said I could ride up on the forklift to the roof and get them for there. My granddaughter and I went up. As soon as I stepped on the roof it started bucking and rolling just like a ship in rough seas. My granddaughter said “think happy thoughts grandpa.” I don’t like heights to put it lightly. I had to have my wife tell me where the bees were since I couldn’t see them. We made a good team. We left the nuc on the roof to be sure we got most of the bees and picked it up the next day.

At least we saved the babies

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He had bees in the wall of his garage.  This was a big hive, 3 feet long and 16 inches wide.  We cut the wall open and removed the comb.  This was an easy removal and our friend helped.  When we opened the wall we expected a lot of bees, but there were very few.  There was lots of brood though.  We put the brood in some of our other hives which made them stronger.

Sometimes they stay, sometimes they don’t

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We had a swarm call. I grabbed my granddaughter and we went to the house.  They told us it was in a tree over the carport near the front steps.  I walked up the steps and didn’t see them.  My granddaughter pointed to the tree and said, ‘they are right there.”  She went to the truck, got the stuff and started to get the swarm.  She was a bit too short to reach it so I helped her.  We got them home on a Wednesday evening, on Sunday afternoon they swarmed and left the nuc.  You win some, you lose some.

Marines are fearless

I got a call from a guy who said he had always wanted to keep hives.  He said he was a Marine at Camp Smith in Honolulu.  He saw a swarm “manned up,” his words not mine, and caught them.  I asked him what he put them in since he didn’t have any equipment. He had them in a cardboard box, sealed very well. He brought them over and we put them in a nuc.  My wife asked how he had caught them.  He said he rolled down his sleeves, put a t shirt on his head and sunglasses.  He said he held the box under them and shook the branch.  How brave is that? He doesn’t have a place to keep them so we are going to help him out with that.

What a day!

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This morning my 9 year old granddaughter wanted to just be lazy and watch tv all day.  I told her there was no way she was just sitting in front of the boob tube. A woman called and asked if we could place bees on her property. We went to take a look at the area. My granddaughter has never been close to any animal other than cats and dogs. This woman had chickens in her yard. They started following her around. She said they were chasing her, I let her know they were just following her because they thought she had food. The woman had a very large mango tree and gave her lots of mangos. Then we got a swarm call.  It was at a house that backed up to a golf course.  A swarm had landed in a large bush right near their deck. The golf course was beautiful and there was a large mango tree near the swarm.  My granddaughter picked a few. This was the first time she has reloaded the smoker and was nervous but did great. She sat down to rest and the homeowner brought out a 2 week old chick. She let her hold it! My granddaughter was in 7th heaven. All she could say on the way home was “What a day!”