Honey Bee Removal with a Cut Out
Honey bee removal doing a cut out can be tricky.
It requires work setting up your equipment
for the bee nest removal, for removing the covering materials in such a way
that they can be replaced correctly, and for removing bees and comb when you find
location of the comb.
Generally, the honey bee removal process can take from 5 hours for one man up
to 8 hours for 2 men.
It all depends on
how where the beehive is located in the building, how long it takes you to get
to it, and the actual time to do the honey bee removal once you get to the
Steps of the Process
- Observe where the
entrance of the beehive location is:
- Bee activity around the
entrance should be very regular.
Hot days may produce “bearding” which happens when bees gather
outside the entrance to cool off.
- Figure out where the
cavity is big enough to hold comb approximately 1 inch thick and hanging
vertical with about ¼” between each comb
eves or porch roof
- Honeybees usually don’t
travel far to start building comb, but bees can surprise you…be sure to
leave negotiating room with the owner in case you have to spend extra
time in getting to the bees.
- Setup necessary equipment
for the cut out process
- Bee veil, gloves, and
- Empty hive box [Beeks
call them a super] with empty frames and rubber bands to hold the comb
- Bee Vacuum [Beeks that
do cutouts have to have a “Bee Vac”] with frames of foundation or drawn
out comb for bees to stand on
- Hammer, saws, pry bar,
- Ladders, scaffold,
worktable, as necessary
- Dismantle material covering
the hive to expose the wax comb for removal
- Use your Bee Vacuum to begin
the honey bee removal and then cut out the comb [Bees tend to get in the
way when you are removing their comb].
- Remove the bees from the
comb with the bee vacuum. [Be sure to set your suction to just pull bees
off the comb.
You don’t want
dying bees as they bang into the back of your bee vacuum!]
- Cut the comb out of
hollow space where the bees have been building
[thus the name “cut out”] as you clear
them with the vacuum.
in the process of honey bee removal, the bee vacuum will lose suction as bees ball
up in front of the inlet.
At this point
you will have to take a break from vacuuming to give the bees time to move away
from the inlet. If suction is not soon restored, you may have to make a
decision of whether to finish cutting out the rest of the comb and coming back
the next day to collect the last of the remaining bees.
- Place the brood comb in
empty frames, and put in the super to transport to the new location
- Save the honey comb for
later – to feed to the bees or save for yourself
- After all the comb and
bees are removed, the entrance and be sealed up and the covering
- Materials required for
repair and amount of finish repair desired by the beekeeper should be
negotiated before the work begins.
- Finished repair may or
may not be included in the Removal Service pricing. This should be
discussed before the work begins.
- A few straggler bees may
still be around, but they will leave or die in a day or so.
- Put brood comb super on
the Bee Vac and join bees in the bee vacuum to the brood comb.
This can be done at the job site or
when they are at their new home. Click here for more information on our
Bee Vac page.
- Take the hive of bees to
their new home.
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