Met my new neighbors today who bought a home I had been envying ever since it went up for sale: Large greenhouse, water garden, tropical garden, large sunroom, fenced backyard, mother-in-law house separate from the main home AND complete with a honeybee swarm in crevice in a live oak tree about 4 feet off the ground.
Finally found the source of the honeybees visiting my gardens. The new owner wants them out. I told him that if he does not screw with the bees, they won't screw with him. I asked him to please not poison them and he said he would not, allowing me time to find a bee keeper willing to move the swarm.
So, if anyone in south Louisiana or southern Mississippi or elsewhere wants some free bees, I am providing the contact info of the person with the hive. It was too dark to photograph the hive, but I will do so after I am paroled from my computer on Wednesday evening and post the pics to the forum. I would love to take the bees, however I don't have my hive yet nor have I gotten my yard up to specs (permanent water source, 6-foot fence, etc) to comply with East Baton Rouge Parish laws on bee keeping.
If you are interested in a FREE swarm of honeybees, contact Charles Johns at 225-246-2678. Both Charles and I live in Melrose Place Subdivision in Baton Rouge, LA. If you take the bees, I would love to meet you and assist in the bee removal and perhaps lean a few tips from you bee masters.
This may be a hard removal. The swarm is in a crevice of a trunk of an ca. 60-year old tree. A bee brush and a bucket or what ever may work. Maybe a vacuum if one exists to suck up bees without hurting them??? Crevice is ca. 3 to 4 inches on average.
I will also contact the Louisiana Bee Keeping Association next. Just giving any of you LA/MS beekeepers the first chance on the bees.
Golden Delight Honey; 225-803-5406 (cell)