I am getting ready to do an extraction on a colony that has been in the wall of a house for five years. I thought that they must have died out a few times and that other swarms moved in, but the owner says he has not noticed any time that bees have not been in that wall since they first got in there. Two other beeks have tried to lure the bees out without success. The bees are in an interior wall that is accessable to a whole in the outside wall. The owner was at first worried about getting them out because he said they where noisy. After the two beeks could not get them out and neither would cut out, he cut a 4' x 4' hole on the out side wall revealing the comb and spayed a whole can of bee killer in there. He said it just made the bees very mad and for several days it was the loudest buzzing he had heard so far. That was two years ago and the bees are alive and well. I went out and checked on them today and all the comb towards the front of the colony is empty, but they can be heard when you bang on the wall on the inside.
Considering the abuse they have endured is it unlikely that this is the same colony for five years? I would have thought that the beekiller would have at the very least made them abscond.
These are the pictures I took of the hole in the wall from the outside.
[size="1"][ February 23, 2007, 02:27 PM: Message edited by: bluegrass ][/size]