Got a call in November (of all months!) to rescue a small softball size bee swarm hanging on a juniper bush. The swarm had been sent off by a honey bee colony in a wooden wall. After assessing up the situation and deciding not to go with a vac and instead carefully snip the branches and gently transfer the bees into an empty hive box the job was done. The queen was caged and introduced to the new box. The bees were very gentle and happy to be in their new home.
Last month we removed this healthy newly established swarm colony from the roof of a guest house in Menlo Park that was coming and going through some vent holes. It was a tough reach into the cavity but we got the bees, comb, brood, and they’re all happy in a new hive box. Another successful cutout.
A tree slated for removal in Atherton was discovered to have a colony of bees living in the trunk. It had been there for years and the homeowner didn’t want the bees to be killed so in we went. The bees were coaxed to leave and happily moved into our swarm trap to be moved to a new happy home.
A small colony of honeybees was seen settling into an irrigation box in San Mateo so we did a quick “check of the meter” and found a happy new swarm setting up shop. It was fairly easy removing the comb and finding the queen, who were relocated to a brand new hive box and adopted out to a new beekeeper in San Carlos down the road.
Performed a removal of a newly established colony from a recycle bin today in Palo Alto. This was a very young colony as evidenced by the new white comb, and we couldn’t figure out of the swarm had moved into the recycle bin and set up house on this branch, or if the branch with the new colony had been cut off and placed into the bin for Recology to discover. In any case we recycled them into a brand new box to the delight of the homeowners and neighborhood kids alike.
Got a call from some folks in Cupertino about bees coming in and out of a stucco wall. We decided that rather than cut the wall apart that an approach through the top would expose the colony for an easy removal. Temperature readings showed the colony was very near the top and quite small so an easy job and simple extraction for all.
Redwood City – fallen tree cutout. When a big tree falls in the woods in Emerald Hills, it may not make a sound. But when the agitated bees start buzzing the sound persists. We performed a little chainsaw sculpturing and safely removed a gigantic colony from this oak tree. Seen below is a picture of the bees marching into their new home after the removal.
We received word of a newly settled swarm in Menlo Park high in an oak tree and quickly dispatched a swarm trap. Within 24 hours we had successfully convinced the bees to move in, and in the next day they were relocated to their new permanent home.
Last Sunday we did a bee removal at the Menlo Park Golf Club. A swarm had settled and over the course of a few days didn’t want to leave so the greens keeper called for a removal. A swarm trap was set out and within 12 hours we caught them moving in. The golfers and staff were happy to see them go, and we were happy to see them safe and alive.
Tis the season for blooming flowers and swarms from booming bee colonies. We responded to a call in Burlingame to pick up a swarm that had recently appeared on a plum tree. The swarm was roughly the size of a basketball and very active with scouts coming and going, looking for a new place. Luckily we could save them from wasp spray and help them into a new site.