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 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.
A young woman called on Friday evening and asked if I could remove bees from a cabinet in the carport. Since it was already getting late I couldn’t do it then. I told her we had other things planned for the weekend and couldn’t make it out till Monday. She wanted to call around to find help. Then on Monday she called back. She said she had called several different places and all they wanted to do was kill them. Since we are a live removal company she wanted us to come out. She and her dad said almost the same thing, the wife/mother saw the bees go into the cabinet and started spraying insecticide. They both told her to stop! It is nice to see people starting to care about bees.
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.
Many times while I am removing a swarm people watch. Some video some of the process. This homeowner took a video of the entire process. She even gave us a tip.