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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bee Tree/Hike Inn

My wife (Lisa) and I took a couple of days off for our 18th anniversary this year and went hiking up to Hike Inn. It's a great place to go if you love hiking and the outdoors. On our 5 mile hike up to the lodge I heard something and stopped. My wife jokingly ask, "What do you hear bees?" "Actually yes I do", I answered. It only took a moment to find the bee tree about 30 feet off the hiking trail.

4-27-12 Removal

These ladies made their way into this wall from the window. The brick exterior had pulled away from the wall and gave them more than enough room to move right in. This is also another case where bees had been before. At some point in the past a colony of honey bees had lived in this wall.

Look at how dark the wood is in this picture. Honey bees cover everything in their hive with propolis (aka bee glue) Propolis is plant rosin (tree sap). Just as it protects plants when a limb is cut off from bacteria and fungus the bees use it to prevent fungus and bacteria from hurting their hive.

Again look at how dark the inside of the wall is. This new colony did not have time to cover the interior of their new home with propolis. If you look real close you can see some of the white marks where wax moths larva had built their cocoons into the Sheetrock on the right and left side.  

4-25-12 Two at one time!

We do see this a couple of times every year. Two different bee colonies in the same house and close to each other at the same time. We do charge more for two removals, although in this case we did not since exposing one also exposed the other and the relative simplicity of the job.

People often ask if colonies will establish and build close to one another. Well as you can see the answer is yes. In the most extream cases I've seen them share a roof of the bay window. It almost looked like they were one colony with the amount of traffic of bees back and forth between the two colonies which for the most part were sitting side by side.



4-22-12 Old and New

This colony is new, but you can see the old honey comb from past colonies that have lived in the same spot. This one had moved in about 3 weeks prior to us coming out and removing them.

This is a good view of the older comb (left and right) with some newer comb being built in the middle (white)

I know I'm wearing gloves...this removal was done during the black berry winter of 2012. It looks warm, but it was actually about 38 degs. when we did this removal.

4-17-12 Cool Old House

Brick wall, slate roof and 2 stories off the ground....nothing easy about this one.

4-16-12 Removal

Here's a removal we did where the bees were in the wall of a garage.

The bees entered the wall where a hole was cut during construction. Apparently (according to the writing on the wall) an electrical wire (orange wire above) was to go to the well. Not sure which wire was powering the well pump but it wasn't the orange one.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

4-6-12 Outside Wall

This colony had been in this wall for a couple of years.

The odd looking square cut in the siding to the right is where a door use to be. It had been removed and the siding placed over the opening.

This is the wall covering that was under the siding. You can also see the door and old door opening in the picture.