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9 in one structure

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This is the movie set for the D Rex enclosure at Koalua Ranch.  We keep bees at the ranch and remove the bees they have for free.  However, we didn’t expect this many in one place though.  We were told there were “only” three in the structure.  We got there and started looking around, the guy who helps us kept saying “oh, there’s another one.” I told him to close his eyes!  There is a weed called Job’s tears, the bees love it! As we were walking around it sounded like we were in the middle of a hive. They were everywhere and you could hear them buzzing everywhere. We had to use the high lift to get to the bees.  I don’t like heights, but I had to suck it up and get it done. There were 9 hive in the final count. We expect that we will be called back for more because of the way this thing was built. However, we did get 30 pounds of honey out of the hives.

Bunkers

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Kualoa Ranch has old WW2 coast artillery bunkers. They used them to film the movie Pearl Harbor, and now they run walking tours through them.  We got a call from the ranch telling us they had bees next to the entrance of one of them.  The swarm had fallen from the upper part of the cliff and landed in the bushes below. Our friend Cindy has never been around bees and she wanted to come along. Since we have extra suits we said she could, and wouldn’t you know, she helped!

Working

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Besides doing live removals we are beekeepers also.  One of the places we keep bees is at Kualoa Ranch.  They have what I call the garden.  It is a place that they were developing for the farm to table restaurant they run.  However, they also started a much bigger area I call the farm.  They have since seemed to have abandoned the garden area.  When we pulled up we were faced with grass that was head high. We sloughed though the grass to our bees. We have the hives on old carpet to keep the weeds down. At least at the farm they are keeping the weeds down so we could get closer.

What a day

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On Friday I was nearing my house.  I saw a lot of bees flying around and wondered if the bees on my lanai had swarmed.  I parked in the driveway and looked around to see where the bees were going.  That is when I noticed a very loud buzzing, which I knew to be bees.  I looked across the street and saw a very large swarm in a tree. You can see them on the branch between the two wires, it is the brown spot. My ladder wouldn’t go that high, so I put a bucket on a pole, got up on the ladder and shook them into my bucket. That kind of worked. Penny came home and suggested I put the pick up under the tree and the ladder in the bed. What would I do without her? We got the swarm in a nuc, the next day we took them to Kualoa Ranch.

Needed to break it in

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We keep bees on John’s property. It is good for both of us, we get a place to keep bees and he gets lots of pollination.  He called and told us he had a swarm land in the post for his mailbox.  The mailbox post is a old phone pole and is hollow in the middle, the perfect spot for bees.  I told him I would get them out. He said he had a bee jacket (half suit) he has had for years and he wanted to break it in.  So he put his suit on and helped move the bees from the post to the hive.  We moved them to Kualoa Ranch and they are very happy.

Another Jurassic World

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I have said before I don’t like heights, so why do bees build in the highest places they can find?  This is the set of Jurassic World D-Rex enclosure again.  We have taken 3 hives from that set, and if they keep it up we will be taking more from it.  This one required a lift to get to them.  It is kind of hard to do the work when your hand won’t let go of the cage. I had a death grip on the railing and would not let go, so I had to get creative. We got them down, and they are doing well.

Why?

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To say I don’t like heights is putting it mildly. So why do bees have to build in a place that makes me sick just to look at it? This is the D-Rex enclosure for Jurassic World. There were two hives in the walls.  They were trying to take it down when the found them.  I had to tie a rope around me and then to a support pillar, then I had to lean out over the edge of the railing to get to them.  I knew I couldn’t throw up inside my hood, that would have been messy.  At least it wasn’t raining.

D-Rex Jurassic World

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We have an agreement with Kualoa Ranch.  We are able to place our bees on their property, in exchange we remove bees for them.  We got a call about bees in the D-Rex enclosure.  The person assured us the D-Rex would be under control. We weren’t worried, we knew the bees would keep him away, that is how scary bees can be.  It is interesting to see how they make things look so real.  The bees were in the observation room, a class enclosed, no ventilation room.  It was like working in a solar oven!  It must have been over 100 degrees inside. We took lots of water breaks.