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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Springfield New Jersey

    Question removal of bees from hollow tree

    I have a hollow tree in a public park full of bees that needs to be removed the tree is too big to remove the section that holds the bees, so I had planned on using a trap with a screened funnel so the bees can fly out but not back in covering the hole while putting a box with one frame of bees and brood next to the entrance to lure the workers into it. I realize that this will only trap workers. Anyone have any other ideas to extract the entire hive or hives (could be two colonies) the section that would have to be removed is ten feet long and 38 inches around the tree is down.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Terre Haute, Indiana


    That would make it about a foot thick and 10 feet long. That should be movable by 2 or 3 guys. I would get a pickup and haul it home.
    Once there, you can trap out or split the log and cut them out. No bigger than it is there shouldn't be much.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Plano, North Texas


    I second that.

    And a tree that is down, in a public park, with the currently popular "Killer Bees! Oh, my!" attitude won't be there for long. Not long enough to do a trap-out.
    "Before I speak, I have something I'd like to say. . . . I will try to keep this short as long as I can." Yogi Berra

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    New York City


    Rather than cutting down the tree, there is a trick that has
    saved some experienced bee removers some time:

    1) Figure out the extent of the hive with "test borings" using
    a long drill bit of the sort used by telephone and cable TV

    2) Using a hole saw, drill a hole about the same size as the hose
    nozzle of a shop-vac hose. at the point furthest from the
    entrance within the cavity.

    3) Soak a thin cloth with some repellent, put it over the end
    of the hose tube, attach with a rubber band, and blow the
    repellent into the cavity with the shop-vac hose plugged
    into the exhaust port of the shop vac. Be generous with
    the repellent, and refresh it periodically.

    4) Vacuum up bees as they emerge with a bee vac (which means
    you have two vacs going at the same time here.

    Lather, rinse repeat until queen is chased out.
    When the queen exits, it is game over.
    Grab her, cage her, and stick her in your collection box.
    The bulk of the workers should follow the queen.

    Leave the comb, maybe drop in some wax moth larvae you
    collect by banging some brood combs hard enough that they
    squirm to the surface. Then seal the holes with widow screen
    and a staple gun, or let the "tree surgeon" do his thing.


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