Cut out

Posted in Bees, Cut Out on June 6th, 2011

Vacuuming Bees

Last weekend we helped out a home owner by removing a hive from their child’s bed room.  This was an excellent example of why it is important to  remove a hive from a house. The hive had been there for 6+ years. The drywall had become wet from the moist of the hive and had started to crumble. A stray baseball or leaning against the wall would have punched right into the hive. It also showed that spraying pesticides just doesn’t work. The hive had been sprayed three times by an exterminator last year. This hive was so strong it was getting ready to swarm.

Hive ready to be removed

A great looking hive.

Swarm Cells

Swarm cells on the comb.

Bee Vac

The bee vacuum ready to be filled with bees.

End of Bee Removal

The wall ready for paint completely bee free.



Swarm Season

Posted in Bees on June 1st, 2011

Swarm in Apple Tree

Swarm season is here and unless beekeepers are paying attention it is likely their hives will be swarming soon. In an effort to reach out to the public the MSBA has set up a telephone number and website to contact a local beekeeper. The number is (207) 619-4BEE or (207) 619-4233. Leave your name, town and a description of the swarm. The webpage can be found here MSBA Swarm removal hotline.

Beth and I went out to help two new beekeepers catch a great looking swarm in a apple tree.  A bottom board was attached to a  super and the bees were shaken off the branch into the box.  Thumbtacks were used to raise a piece of plywood off the super to make a temporary lid. Once the majority of bees were in the box, the others left the branch and flew down to join the rest.

Don’t forget if your swarm wasn’t as easily caught and moved into your house, you can contact us about removing them from buildings here.