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Old 06-09-2018, 04:12 PM   #1
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Stopped to look at a bee removal yesterday. Small metal shed building had bees under the floor. The entrance was a small 1/4Ē gap between the floor and the joist. Did not see a huge amount of bee activity, so I had no idea how large of a hive it was. My wife and I went back this morning to see what would could do. I took a small floor jack just in case I needed to get the building up a little higher. Sure glad to did.
I removed the small tin flashing and looked under the floor. The hive completely filled the area about 24Ē deep, by 30Ē wide. It ended up being a pretty decent spiced hive. Iíll post a few pictures. I also have some video, but not sure I can get that on here.
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:27 PM   #2
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Good times
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:27 PM   #3
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Oh, I ended up with 3-4 stings on my hands, and one on my chin. I put on fairly heavy duty latex gloves cause there was too much honey to be using my regular leather bee gloves. Got the one on my chin cause I forgot to zip up good after getting a drink of water. I took a big swallow of liquid Benydrill before I left the job, but my fingers and my chin are swelling. Tomorrow might not be so good.....
But I do have a five gallon bucket that’s 3/4 full of honey filled comb. I put a lid on the bucket, but not before 50-75 bees got in there. It will have to wait till the morning, we are getting ready to head to Concan to see the Bellamy Brothers tonight!

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Old 06-09-2018, 04:47 PM   #4
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:10 PM   #5
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:34 PM   #6
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:35 PM   #7
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:06 PM   #8
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Kool.....!!!

Dad had a friend that helped us rob the hives on occasion. Dad and I would be all suited up in bee gear and this guy would take off his shirt and be bare from the waist up. Crazy!
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:51 PM   #9
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I filled up a 10 frame deep with the original hive, some with brood, some wth pollen, and a lot of honey. This is the left over honey that I could not put back in there. Good stuff!
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:12 PM   #10
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that is a lot darker honey than what we have been getting. Any idea what type of pollen was in that area??
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:10 PM   #11
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I have a removal to do on my dads deer lease camper . Be Monday before I can get around to doing it .


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Old 06-11-2018, 08:05 PM   #12
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I lerned that some beesuits are stingproof. others are not.
my friend had the better suit and removed the queen and three ice chests of honeycomb. 12 gallons of Goldenrod honey.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:15 PM   #13
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Did you relocate the bees? I have 2 relatives that started hives last year.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:19 PM   #14
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Did you relocate the bees? I have 2 relatives that started hives last year.

Yes, I put the new hive at my house.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:41 AM   #15
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Tuff cutout reaching under the building, good job. We have 2 removals today, one in a log on the ground and one water meter.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:37 PM   #16
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do yall treat the area where you removed the hive from after you have removed them?
I am asking because last removal I did, the guy said he had 20-30 bees stick around the barrel for some time after the removal.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:44 PM   #17
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do yall treat the area where you removed the hive from after you have removed them?
I am asking because last removal I did, the guy said he had 20-30 bees stick around the barrel for some time after the removal.
I should have, but I forgot the Bee Begone stuff. Also, the were quite a few bees that I could not get. Iím guessing a few thousand, or so. Many landed on the ground under the shed. A bunch were still out flying around.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:29 AM   #18
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That sure doesnt look like much room to work. I've done that under a trailer house once. We didnt even smoke them and never got stung. It does suck though for us bigger guys crawling under things and gets worse the older you get.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:26 AM   #19
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That sure doesnt look like much room to work. I've done that under a trailer house once. We didnt even smoke them and never got stung. It does suck though for us bigger guys crawling under things and gets worse the older you get.
There wasnít much room at all. I pretty much had to Ďone handí everything. I could barely get two hands on it at the same time. The bees werenít bad at all. The reason i got stung was that I took off my leather gloves due to the amount of honey Oozing out everywhere. I put on heavy duty dishwashers gloves, which helped. But every now and then I had to pick up large pieces of comb off of the ground and probably just squished a few bees, thus getting stung. Luckily, I wasnít too affected by the stings.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:42 AM   #20
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If you got some snuff those stings dont amount to much.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:31 AM   #21
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I should have, but I forgot the Bee Begone stuff. Also, the were quite a few bees that I could not get. Iím guessing a few thousand, or so. Many landed on the ground under the shed. A bunch were still out flying around.
I usually go beck after dark with my bee vac and get the rest of the straggler's. Good job on the remove!
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:33 AM   #22
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that is a lot darker honey than what we have been getting. Any idea what type of pollen was in that area??
You can have lighter and darker honey in a single honey super depending on what nectar flow the bees are foraging from at different times.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:08 PM   #23
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You can have lighter and darker honey in a single honey super depending on what nectar flow the bees are foraging from at different times.
I never thought about that. This honey does have a slightly pungent taste to it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:26 PM   #24
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Very cool.
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