Thought I would share my first cutout experience. A friend of a friend had bees living in their wall void and I agreed to remove them. After watching them for a while I was able to successfully guess where their comb was within the wall and decided with the home owner to access them externally. The interior walls were plaster and wood lathe
. My cousin and I were the ones to do the cutout. We did the removal on friday the thirteenth and it went wonderfully. The bees were a joy to work with. Neither my cousin or I took a sting, and no bees were pinging our veils or buzzing us. In fact if I weren't a big sissy I would have done it without a suit
The bees had comb reaching about three and a half feet back into the floor joists void space. The only problem we had is not finding the queen. I realized that she could be anywhere in the house after I watched the bees for a while and realized there were a hundred different cracks for them to crawl through in the siding and interior walls of this old house. Needless to say after the removal I went back the second day vacumed about two-three pounds of bees that were clustered at the entrance of the wall void. (thanks to JP for showing off the leave a small piece of comb near the front of the hive trick) When I opened the catch box up I was hit with the scent of lemon grass oil
Never did see her but pretty sure I got her since the bees were still joyously calm. I released them out at their new home in their very own hive. I ended up with four frames of brood and three 9x13 pans of honeycomb for my tummy
Thank you to Scott and Peg, JP, Shawee and Emil. Without your extremely informative videos I would never have tried this and it was a wonderfull experience.
I only have a few pics as our hands were full of honey and I didn't want to explain to my wife why I needed a new phone after the removal
Exposing the hive:
Me with the vacum
Floor Joist void space with a cluster that we could not reach with the vacuum. Came back later and got them
The comb pattern. Just thought it was a cool pic of what used to be there.
Thanks for taking time to read!