removed another hive from a home today didnt bring a camera but this hive was Huge, couldnt find the queen, there was about 20 combs 10"x24" and some smaller ones, filled 2 deeps with framed comb held in with rubber bands, I couldnt believe the number of bee's, every comb was full and they were on the walls too, got the comb and started bee vac up, when i got home , settle them in and then dumped the vac in the hive, there more bee's in this hive than all 4 of my other hives i started from packages 3-11-05, you know I killed some by accident to but hope the queen wasnt in those. so we will see before long if she is still alive i hope, so this hive has been there since he bought the house 2 years ago and he said the home was empty for 6 years, dont know the age of the hive but the comb was turning dark brown. well thats all I got just thought I would share, oh almost forgot , got to remove one tomorrow #3
I dont know if I told yall what I did to get 4 removal calls in 3 weeks but I got home from work 1 morning and thought to myself, if I wasnt a beekeeper, who would I call to get a hive removed?
well I would call a pest controll company, but in reallity, 99% dont remove honeybee's and some want mess with bee's at all, so I called all the pest companies in our phone book (took about 30 minutes) and told them if they get a call for removal to give the person my number and I'll remove the hive, done got 5 calls and removed 2 but have 1 tomorrow to remove, seem's to be working bahahahahaha, I tell the home owner that I have construction experience and I'll do the best I can not to do to much damage and make it easier for the contractor to fix but I'm not responsable for repairs. also if I have to do more than I thought, I would talk to the owner before I go any further, I'm charging $150.00 for a removal, but if I can get a nice health hive I would count $100.00 towards the bill for the hive , so I only charge 50 bucks. works for me, pays gas bill and a hamburger
. I'm not interest in the pay just, the main thing I want is the hive.