JP, Scott...ya'll are nuts! I just got through watching ya'll's latest videos. :-D Not to give ya'll the big head or anything, but this newbee is still amazed at how ya'll work with the bees without protection! I know it's not always like that, but even the calm bees sting. What deodorant do ya'll use? Do you gargle with Bee Quick? You gotta have some secret there! :laugh:
I did a removal last year when it was pretty hot...rather than a long-sleeve shirt I opted for a t-shirt...got about a dozen stings (calm bees) so it wasn't too bad, BUT...I still wore my veil. I think I've just got an aversion to the thought of a face sting. :shock: Closest I've come is one to the side of my adams apple. Yelp, besides being nuts...ya'll are crazy...my hat's off to ya'll!!! :cheer:
Ok, now since I've got ya'll all buttered up....the questions!!!!
I've got a guy that has two colonies in outside walls of an older rundown house that he's rehabbing. He wants me to get them out. The larger (mother?) colony is chest high while the other will require a short ladder. Access would be from outside through the wall. The wall is white asbestos(?) siding and some diagonal 7/8" lath sheathing. We could feel the heat from both colonies on the inside wall. Owner doesn't care if we demolish that part of the wall sheathing...he will repair.
My mentor and I looked at it last Saturday and he doesn't really want to do it...cutting into the wall seems a bit more than he wants to do. But, he's 80+ and has mobility/lupus issues....the ground around the house has been churned up by a backhoe or something so it really wouldn't be good terrain for him. So, I'm trying to decide whether I can tackle this by myself.
It was cool while we were there so not many bees flying but the owner did say that they had not bothered him while he was working close to them...said he worked within 3-4 feet of them.
My basic tool to get through the 7/8" sheathing would be a circular saw as I don't have a sawzall. How do the bees respond to saws? Do you give them extra smoke before you start?...a few puffs all along or when they seem to be getting restless? It seems from ya'll's videos that they pretty much don't pay the saws a lot of attention, but...?
The two colonies are about 30' apart, around a corner from each other. Should I be concerned with one trying to rob the other one when I open the first one up? I'm thinking that it would be best to go for the largest one first.
Handling the comb with bees attached... I've watched ya'll handle comb that is covered with bees. I know that this has got to be much better for the brood for the nurse bees to stay attached but how do you do it...simply just go really slow and allow the bees to move out of your way?
Temperature...what do ya'll think should be the lowest temperature to do a cut out?
Feedback or encouragement is welcomed! :)