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Author Topic: Removing Bricks To Catch A Swarm, No Fun  (Read 1209 times)
JP
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« on: April 21, 2009, 08:16:50 PM »

These people had bees six years prior in a wall section adjacent to where this colony was. They wanted me to remove bricks to get to the colony that flew in on Saturday, three days ago.

The exterior already had a gaping hole from the last removal six years ago, so I guess it made sense to remove even more bricks, at least to the home owners.

This was no fun, cutting and hammering out bricks for hours to catch a two and a half pound swarm.

The best part of this removal was when our very own Annette called me in regards to going out and catching her very first swarm, all by herself!

Yes Beemaster, eat your heart out, I got to speak with Annette by phone, two different times!

Annette says she's from Brooklyn and I expected a heavy Brooklyn accent. Well, she has a very sweet voice, California like. Since she's been living in Cali for 30 years now, I guess that Brooklyn accent has worn off, amazing how that happens.

It was a real pleasure speaking with you Annette and I hope I helped some.

I'll let her post about this swarm of hers and you're not gonna believe where this swarm was!

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 08:39:13 PM »

I see all the Swarm is in Louisiana

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009, 09:31:30 PM »

did you get the queen? if so theres another one going to work for ya!

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009, 09:39:04 PM »

Congrats on another swarm, JP!  Smiley

Out of curiosity, do you charge for swarm removal? 
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009, 10:03:12 PM »

When did you get your truck back? Or should I ask were you hurt again when they forcefully took away the flatbed?  shocked
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2009, 11:52:29 PM »

Today I traded the flatbed in for a 4 x 4 diesel Dodge

They called late this evening and said my truck is ready for pick up! Tomorow morning going to get it.

Bailey, I sprayed both boxes down with sugar water, they are resting tight tonite. I believe I vacumed the queen and she is in one of the boxes.

Hive101, I certainly charged for this one my friend. Bailey and I both charge for swarms but we are routinely 1/3 the price of our competitors.


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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009, 10:51:54 PM »

These people had bees six years prior in a wall section adjacent to where this colony was. They wanted me to remove bricks to get to the colony that flew in on Saturday, three days ago.

The exterior already had a gaping hole from the last removal six years ago, so I guess it made sense to remove even more bricks, at least to the home owners.

This was no fun, cutting and hammering out bricks for hours to catch a two and a half pound swarm.

The best part of this removal was when our very own Annette called me in regards to going out and catching her very first swarm, all by herself!

Yes Beemaster, eat your heart out, I got to speak with Annette by phone, two different times!

Annette says she's from Brooklyn and I expected a heavy Brooklyn accent. Well, she has a very sweet voice, California like. Since she's been living in Cali for 30 years now, I guess that Brooklyn accent has worn off, amazing how that happens.

It was a real pleasure speaking with you Annette and I hope I helped some.

I'll let her post about this swarm of hers and you're not gonna believe where this swarm was!

Pics http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/April212009?authkey=Gv1sRgCJv6t5q1y_eg6wE#


...JP


Hi JP what a nice thing you are saying about me. It was very exciting for me also, to hear your voice and get all your wonderful help. I really appreciated the help because I did not understand why the bees were leaving the box and going back up to the umbrella since I thought I got the queen the first time. But you explained it to me that she is probably a virgin queen and flew out. The pleasure was all mine JP. You are a great guy.

Annette
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2009, 11:43:56 PM »

 embarassed embarassed embarassed


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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2009, 12:11:51 AM »

Good job buddy! I have one of these to do next week. I think I'm going to use an electric hammer. I used one to open up a cinder block wall at the beginning of the month. It really saves the hands and wrists.
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JP
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2009, 12:25:44 AM »

This particular bricklayer did one fantastic job, the mortar was unbelieveably hard to break up.

Good luck on yours.


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My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

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