I got a call from a lady that walks in South Central Ave in Flagler Beach each day. she noticed bees moving in and out of the bushes next to the sidewalk. Being that I cannot remove any species of animal/insect from private property without permission, I checked the location and determined that the bees were in a water meter box between the sidewalk and private fence/bushes. I encouraged her to call the city, give them my number and have them call me to give approval to remove the hive from the city water meter box, which they did in just under 15 minutes. That is the fastest I have ever seen approval come from a city government!
The Bee Team Dudes suited up and we opened the box and removed all the comb into a hive box that we left well hidden in the bushes. This will allow the bees to relocate into the hive box to the comb that we removed. We would normally leave the hive a few days with a bee lure inside, but due to hurricane "Matthew" bearing down on us, we must act quickly to get them away from the coast and west to the bee yard before flooding or high winds cause the hive box to blow away.
These pictures were the remaining bees after the comb was removed. They were sucking up all the honey that was spilled while moving the comb. Bones & Chad did a spectacular job while wearing suits, while Woody provided plenty of cover smoke to keep the bees calm. As usual Woody took a sting "right between the eyes" which will most likely result in a swollen forehead just like the one he recovered from 2 days ago. Experienced beekeepers call it being "kissed" by the bees.
The bees should be successfully removed from the location on 10/5/5 to the bee yard where the storm should not cause too much chaos.
Until next time, buzz like a bee!
After the Volusia Beekeepers meeting, we got a lead from one of the members that had a swarm in a "sea grape" tree in So. Daytona.
Not wanting to miss the opportunity to capture another hive of bees, we boogied down there to capture them as soon as we could. Unfortunately, by the time we got there the following day, they had moved on to some other location. Some lucky beekeeper will capture that free hive of bees, that will make some really great honey from a starter hive.
There are times that we do not capture all of the bees or the queen bee, which could cause problems for the health of the hive. These queenless hives are great for growing multiple queens for other hives, splits, or to sell. Our goal is to grow hives large enough to be split and made into additional hives with the fresh queen placed in the box. Often easier said than done, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained! We missed this one because we had to sleep, but we will be ready and available to jump into the "bee van" and boogey to the location of the swarm.
Until next time, Keep on a 'buzzin!
got a call from a really cool lady in a historic house in downtown Bradenton, Florida. She had a problem with a hive of bees in a small crawl space below an addition behind her house. The hive was super mellow, and the bees cooperated like nobody's business.
We removed the hive and brought it back to our "bee yard" in Bunnell, FL and they have been buzzing along ever since. The comb was a pretty yellow color with a sweet light color. These bees, once they establish themselves, will be a great hive to "split" and make into a nucleus hive to share with someone who wants a "mellow" hive of bees. Below you will see the pretty yellow comb it was layered about 8 or so deep below the house.
Having significant experience with bees and pest control over his lifetime, Steve is passionate about animals and safely removing them from where they are not wanted.