In the last week I have done three removals. God help me I am tried.
First one was cool nice hive had just swarmed 5 days before so if they had a queen most likely virgin removal went good but they swarmed off day after getting in my yard. I find rescent swarming hives with one brood or eggs leave instantly but I was the one that caught the swarm 5 days before.
Next Saturday I drive two hours to get to a apartment complex the hive is in between the floors in the walk way removed 2 pieces of masonite siding and a small square of wafer board to expose the small fresh hive so new that every piece of comb crushed under my touch. The hive was in a walk way above a stair well so I had to put my ladder on the stairs. The sun set directly into the stair well so turning to suck the bees you looked directly at the sun. Like sucking bees from the black whole of nothing but I did invent a redneck trick get a piece of pipe stick your vac hose on it now duck tape a led light to the end of the pipe. Took 4 hours to do that one should have only been 2 really.
Last but most likely worst Sunday removal in middle of boonies. Bud you dont have nothing on how far this boy was off the beaten trail. Old house I think he is turning into a deer camp he said he didnt know he just wanted the hive gone he knew that. Old house old hive but under a window so I only had to remove two pieces of the old wood siding that was cool. Some what small in size maybe deep and a half including the honey. Well the guy had yet to get the power on so I was using a geni to run my bee vac. First thing I saw was fresh cut queen cells so I knew the hive had just swarmed maybe once or twice. So I start sucking bees removing comb then it happens you know it darn geni stops
all I have with me is channel lock pliers and I am sure the carb is gunked. I took it apart with my fingers and those pliers I swear could only get it to run for a minute at a time no lie one single minute so I would crank and suck crank and suck. Finally I just took the knife cut the combs because it was getting dark threw combs bees and all over in a rubber made box and bee dunned the whole area. Bees were everywhere I have no clue if the bees will move on or what they will do I dont know if I got the queen. One of the worst of all times as far as getting the job done.
I would have added pics of what they looked like but I dont feel like finding them after all this.
I will be really glad when I get paid for this week of hell.
I would love to hear I am not the only one getting beat up. So if you have a bad day story add it.