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  1. #1
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    Default Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    Hi. I've collected swarms before and even removed a colony built into the kitchen ceiling of an old abandoned farmhouse, but a neighbor has a colony that has built into the soffict/fascia. It's been there for about 2 weeks.

    I have a bee vacuum that I made is my best bet to remove the soffit/fasica and try to remove everything.

    I was wondering if traping with a cone trap, a bait hive, and using a bee goo or some other scent would drive most of the bees out quicker.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    Remove the soffit covering if any and cut the comb out. If there are any bees left brush them off. Cones and vacuums are just extra weight if you can reach the space.
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    Default Re: Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    Is the attic accessible?

    If so, I'd consider putting up a barrier or using a repellent before starting removal. My neighbor wound up with an attic full of very angry wasps when the exterminator tried to kill them from outside.

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    Default Re: Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    Cut-out would be quicker especially if they are newly established. You will need a little handy knowledge for the soffit removal/replacement if you want a professional job. First you'll need to determine if it's wood soffit, aluminum soffit, vinyl soffit, or wood covered by aluminum or vinyl soffit. If you could take a picture I could give you some great access advice. Try to get some pics from various angles for best results. Beekeeping is my hobby, home renovations is my living.

    Later, John

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    Default Re: Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    Quote Originally Posted by John V View Post
    Cut-out would be quicker...
    Just to make myself clear, do NOT try to remove them via the attic. I thought it might be prudent to block their access, but going through the soffit is the only way that makes sense. In any case, it sounds like John has the experience and advice you'll need.

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    Default Re: Removing Bees from Under Soffit

    I did a soffit removal about 3 weeks ago. I tore open the underside to get to them and my bee vacuum was pretty useless. I used smoke (heavily at times) and cut the hanging mass into the nuc I was holding. They had only been there 3 days but they had built 6 combs the center one was 6 inches long. The queen had already laid a few eggs but I didn't use them. I found the queen afterwards and marked her. The hive is doing well with the first batch of brood now beginning to hatch, drawing comb and building up nicely in my back yard.
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