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    Re: Confused bees

    I'm being told the reason for all the late swarms is the weather. At least here in Pennsylvania, July and August are usually dry - we don't get much rain and things dry up. With things drying up...
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    Downed tree "cutout"

    I was notified a week ago about a colony of bees that was in a small hollow tree, that the tree came down in a storm and part of the comb was showing.

    I found the place where they were and sure...
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    Re: Bee hive rescue

    It seems really late in the year. Since they have been there all summer, why not tell the homeowner it's too late in the year to get them. But in the meantime, build a "box" around them. (2 pieces...
  4. Will have to do a cutout / combine

    Was just notified by a man from church that he found a colony of honeybees in a tree that blew down. The colony is exposed to the elements, so there is no way they can survive a PA winter.

    I...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I got into the hive that the last swarm moved into - I knew it didn't have all the frames and I was afraid of the mess they may have created. I only had two frames in - one on each of the sides. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    The bees that were checking out the eves of the house on 09/03 moved into one of my swarm traps sometime in the last week or so. Of the 4 traps they had to choose from - 2 on the roofs, 1 on the...
  7. Re: Opinions Needed (Bee Kill vs Trap-Out)

    With a hive entrance 8' tall, I usually tell the people that the bees won't hurt them and there was really no need to remove the bees.

    If the homeowner insisted they be removed - due to someone...
  8. Re: Losing queens like crazy! A puzzler...

    I would have to say your hives swarmed too. I collected my last swarm last weekend. I was then called out on Monday about bees checking out the eves of a house. They were surely scouts looking for...
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    Re: Bees held for ransom

    Give the guy a call and tell him you will take them off his hands right before he kills them, saving him much time.

    If he is willing to kill them and get nothing for them - then he should be...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call at work today for bees at someone's house. After asking several questions, it was determined that the bees had just started showing up today and were flying around the eves of the house. ...
  11. Re: Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    Rick,

    Very nice pictures! It was interesting to see the progress. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you charge for the job? It looks like it ended up being bigger than I would have...
  12. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I just recently had a good "cutout" over the weekend.

    The local pest control company called me Friday morning to tell me there was a swarm on the window of a house in a town a 1/2 hour away. I...
  13. Re: Called for trap out in large tree - trap out now or leave until spring?

    To do a trapout, you are going to have to work on the entrance anyway - so why not adjust the entrance for now? Close up the bottom part of the entrance so they can only use the top 2" or so. That...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Well, I went back on Saturday to get the Reynoldsville swarm. I open up the box - and it's empty. I look under the aluminum siding and see a cluster of bees and notice that many of them seem to be...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    08/27/14 Brookville, PA 15825 The hive beside my sister's house swarmsed. That beekeeper gathered them up.

    08/29/14 Reynoldsville, Pa 15851 I was called out to a house with a swarm of bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Killerbee, I'm not out much other than the bees and a frame of drawn comb.
    What I can't figure out is that box was there ALL summer. Somebody sees me standing by it and within the next 2 or 3...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Well, so much for that swarm. I stopped after work to take a look at the box that sat on top of an electric box. (Out in the middle of no where, but along a road.) As I was standing there watching...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Was on my way to a beemeeting yesterday 08/24/14, and was going to stop to pick up my cheap cardboard box bait trap to take along to show the club "See, a cheap cardboard box trap will last the...
  19. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    There is a beekeeper in our club who does cutouts for free. From my understanding, he gets quite a few calls and I've even given him two different "jobs" I wanted to pass up - both involving trees...
  20. Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    As others have said, a Nuc is really too small for a large swarm. While they may come and look, if they find a larger area to occupy than your Nuc, they will go to the larger area.
    So far this...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call late this morning from a church - they had a swarm of bees on their steps. I went over to collect them, and they were on the stone wall of the church with some of the swarm on the step. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Our RZR was down for over a week, so I was unable to check my one swarm trap that can only be reached by walking or by utility vehicle.

    We got our RZR back today, so I went to check on this swarm...
  23. Re: Does his look like what I think?

    Well, at least he was one of the HUNDREDS that got chosen. I'm sure there are many drones that never get to complete their "mission". And in the Fall, they are kicked out to die anyhow.

    He will...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    "Runny, dirty Italians?" Please explain what that means.
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    Swarm

    Just received my 2nd swarm call of the season - the first one ended with the bees taking off before I got there.
    A nice 3 pound swarm hanging on a Red Maple 5' off the ground. Dumped them into a...
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