I purchased a homemade bee vac the other day. The kind like in bee source. Powered by a leaf blower. I did that cutout yesterday and used the bee vac on them. THey where up 12-15' on a wall. I used 20' of 2" smooth inside irrigation hose. I adjusted the vacuum to where the bees just started getting sucked up. I vacuumed the outer comb then stopped, cut out the first row and went onto the second row w/ the vacuum then 3rd and 4th. Then I emptied the vac. into a deep. I still had a fairly large death rate.
My question is how to get the rate down?
Shorter hose? I couldnt get the heavy vacuum up to the bees easily.
How small of a diameter hose is satisfactory?
How often do I need to remove the vacuumed bees? After every section of comb? just looking for ideas. I did get some saved and will combine them w/ some comb in one of my satellite hives. Hopefully the'll bee helpful.