Removal Blog


San Bruno bee colony rescue

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:26 PM by bryan hains

This was a problematic colony of honeybees that was bothering a number of families and so it needed to go. The thermal camera easily picked up its position and size, making the removal pretty straight forward. In the end 3 nice frames were made and 2 buckets of bees were removed – including the queen. The lucky tenant made off with about 10 lbs of fresh and delicious honey!

San Carlos bee swarm rescue

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:25 PM by bryan hains

This was a fairly straightforward swarm capture. Can you tell which bucket the queen was in?

San Carlos apartment wall bee colony removal

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:24 PM by bryan hains

Here is a pretty large colony that probably grew to the size over a good year or two. As soon as I opened it up I found 3 queen cells and a queen hanging close by – perhaps ready to fight. The rescue was fairly straightforward and in the end two buckets of bees were collected and moved, along with their comb, re-united several miles away in Redwood City. Thanks to Don, Kim, and Gus for saving these bees!

Open air bee colony rescue

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:24 PM by bryan hains

Here we have a honey bee colony that was built in the open air hanging from a juniper tree branch probably by a swarm that couldn’t find a home inside an oak tree, wall, roof, or similar. The home owner said she woke up and found it in pieces on the ground and all the bees clustered on a branch nearby. Our best guess is that a pack of raccoons destroyed it looking for honey. Glad we could help rescue these bees.

Redwood City honeybee wall colony trapout

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:23 PM by bryan hains

Here we had an established colony living in a stucco wall of an apartment building. It was decided that a trap out approach to remove the bees made the most sense instead of a cutout given the building material, proximity to electrical lines, and tenants. Up went the trapout and mesh with plans to wait 3-4 weeks, but the bees decided to all immediately exit.

San Mateo swarm rescue

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:23 PM by bryan hains

This is a beautiful swarm of bees hanging in a recently leafed out Japanese maple. They did exactly what they were supposed to do – marching right into the box. In the end everyone is happy!

Redwood Colony you swarm collection

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:22 PM by bryan hains

Can you believe it – another great looking swarm on a Japanese maple! A quick shake into the box and the rest of the bees started flying in response to fanning of nasonov pheromone. Good bees. 


Menlo Park driveway swarm of bees

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:22 PM by bryan hains

Imagine pulling into the driveway and seeing this? Any beekeeper would be psyched! This homeowner was decidedly not so these bees were rescued.

 


Big honey bee colony cutout removal

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:20 PM by bryan hains

  This sizable colony had been in place for a few years it seems. The thermal signature was very clear and the approach fairly straightforward. Access to the colony was gained through the soffit and all the bees removed alive, comb collected, and the space sealed up. Thanks for saving these bees with us! 


Double Colony Removal in Palo Alto

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:20 PM by bryan hains

Called in to remove one bee colony and spotted another on the opposite side of the house. My guess is that the more established colony threw a swarm that set up shop on the opposite side. Fun fun. 

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