General Tree Service was a perfect partner for this beetree move: a 13K lb / 130 year old heritage cedar that had dropped a limb into power lines the winter of ’16/17, had extensive rot … needed to be removed.
Bees well awake before … cont:
A few keep bees calm tips that work for me n my bees ….
– have four pillow cases that each will cover your boxes… Place two lengthwise over frames as soon as you expose them. Move these two from side to side to only expose the frame/s you’re moving or lifting out.
– start by pulling out an edge frame, not more centrally located. Pull it out and set it to one side. You’ll (almost) never expose brood to regular air temp.
– Avoid shaking bees off frames. Only do that for gathering nurse bees to during sugar roll mite check or other “dividing hive population ” tasks. If you need to see what’s inside frames, balance frame bottom corner on a topbar with one hand. Push bees away with brush or finger to part bees and expose comb interiors.
– Avoid knocking hive or fast, wood-banging actions. If bees buzz as a group with alarm due to a bump…freeze for a moment, hear the bees calm down again which tells you it’s ok to resume.
– Some bees will tolerate 15 to 30 mins before saying “please leave”. Listen and respond compassionately.
– Choose warm mid day low wind days if possible.
– Use very thin sugar water solution in spray bottle vs smoker.
July 12th 630 a.m. climbed 15 feet into maple above outdoor eating tables at Jake’s Grill 12th and SW Stark to rescue swarm in tree. Staff was really helpful in the process.
These bees had been up the tree for a week. Call came in from resident living above Jake’s.
Had a great time with staff and students with an an overview of social insects and how fascinating bees are. Even had a few neighborhood bees come down to share in the fun.