One thing about doing this type of work is you meet friendly people most times. That was the case with these people. They had never seen a swarm, and were very curious about the process. I told them what they wanted to know. Reaching the palm frond was a bit of a stretch but I was able to get them down.
She said the swarm was in a bush not very high up. When I got there I saw they were in a bushy tree about 7 feet up. During swarm season I drive my Toyota, and carry my bee stuff with me. However I can’t carry a ladder so I borrowed a step ladder and shook them into my bucket. They were ready to move! Most of them settled down right away and I got most of them.
When the guy called he said all I would have to do is move one tire outside and I could get the bees. When I got there I saw a mountain of tires! The bees had gotten inside them were quite happy. I started moving tires to get to them, and found they kept going deeper into the pile. I scooped and smoked, most of them came out, but there were a lot I couldn’t get too.
The guy called and said he had bees in a bird house. He said we could take the bird house. What he didn’t say was that the thing was for ducks! And he didn’t say it was in the back yard, and the steps to get from the back area were narrow. We got it out of the tree but couldn’t get it stable enough to get it down the stairs. We had to go back the next day and take it apart and put the bees in a nuc to get them out. The guy was very nice and even helped with the removal!
Kualoa Ranch is a film location. I got a call from them saying that one of the Jurassic series had bees in a stump. He told me it was a styrofoam stump and gave me a general location.
We got there and started looking, we couldn’t find where the bees were. We saw a stump a bit away, but we ALL thought this was a real stump. Nikki went over and looked at the last place we could think of. It was the stump with the bees. It was so real! They even had bark that looked real! Thankfully it was built in sections and came apart after some work. The queen had died and when we opened it up the bees started swarming us. We had to take breaks to get away from them. Every time we scooped most of the bees they would fly back to a section of the stump. So we decided to scoop and cover the box as soon as well as we could. We got a lot of bees, but there were a lot of them left. I am impressed with the artistry of the people who could make a stump that big and make it look so real.
The woman called and said there were bees in a speaker box. I made sure I could just load the box up and take them away. Trying to get them out of a speaker box without damaging the whole thing. It was light and in a great place to get to. After I covered it with my sheet and put it in my truck I noticed they were heading for the other speaker box. So I moved it to another place. These people had a front yard and back yard that was full of potted plants. It looked like a plant nursery! The brother said they just liked plants. He even gave me an air plant cutting!
We went out to this house in July last year, but for some reason they didn’t want to do the removal. Then I guess the bees became such a problem that the really decided call me. When we got there and went to look where we were going set up we noticed that the hive in the wall wall was swarming! They flew to a mango tree about 30 feet away, the problem was that they were about 40 feet up. I would have loved to grab them and put them in the nuc but they were just too high. There was a lot of honey in the hive and it made a mess. Then the expanding foam wouldn’t work, so I had to punch a hole in the bottom. That made a mess in the wall. All in all it took us about an hour longer than we expected. When we went back we had to scoop bees in the box since there was no queen to attract them.
I got a call from the FBI in Kapolei. They said they had bees in a bush, I told them I could help. They told me a needed a background check before I could come on the property. A background check takes a day or two. I told him the bees would be gone by then. He called security and had them let me in. They bees were right near the guard station, so they were glad to help. I know what I am looking for when I walk up to a bush with bees. However, I couldn’t see the bees, I had to have him show me exactly where they were. I don’t know how they even saw them! These girls were very calm and calmed down right away. I asked him if Efram Zimblast Jr. was there, he was too young to know what I was talking about.
I was on my way home from work when they called and said they had bees on the ground. He was sure they were building a nest. I assured him they weren’t, it was 10 miles out of the way, but I went. As the guy was showing me where the bees were, and showing me a picture of a very large swarm, he told me he had soaked a towel in 2 bottles of clorox and a whole can of raid, then he threw it over the bees. I was a bit irritated! I asked him why did he bother calling me after he killed them. He didn’t have an answer. When I picked up the towel to see what was left I held it at arms length, and it still burned my nose and eyes. If you look you will see dead bees extending past the tide box and to the pavement. I asked him why he killed them. He said he didn’t want the bees to attack anyone and kill them. He then told me he didn’t want a lecture. I gave him one anyway.
That is what the guy said when he called me. He called on Tuesday and we were able to help him on Saturday, that doesn’t happen very often. He wasn’t sure how long the bees had been there. Once we opened the wall and saw the comb, we figured they had been there about 8-9 months. I hope this one survives, the queen was a real layer. Since it was on the 2nd floor I just put the comb in a bucket and lowered it to Penny. Clean up took longer than we expected. The bees had stressed and started pooping on the walls. Then there were the ones on the floor who didn’t want to get up. All in all a good day though.