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  1. #1
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    Default Cut Out Suggestion?

    I have a cut out to do in the front steps of an elderly couples home. The steps are brick and have a 3 inch concrete slab on top. The bees are entering along a crack on the side of the steps.

    I have not done much masonry work, so my initial thoughts were to gut the grout around the bricks on one side to access the colony. I am not thinking there might be block behind them, or at least multiple layers of brick?? and the best way is to cut the slab with a demo saw and remove them from there.

    Any suggestions on how to do this one?

  2. #2
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    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    Default Re: Cut Out Suggestion?

    Can the concrete slab be removed? (Got a sledgehammer?) If so, that may the simplest and least destructive route. After the removal, a new slab could be poured if you have to break the old one. Are you sure they aren't getting in behind that blue board? I can't tell from the vid. -james

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Cut Out Suggestion?

    Seriously look at trap out. No distruction!
    Old Guy in Alabama

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Cut Out Suggestion?

    Under the assumption that the hive is somewhere in a void area of the steps, I would use a trap out. Any honey/comb left after the bee removal is not in a house wall, etc, that would induce any further issues.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Cut Out Suggestion?

    I'd do a trap out if it was me. If done properly there will not be any honey left and wax comb ain't going to self combust any sooner than a paper wasp nest or a mouse nest in a wall. Jim
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: Cut Out Suggestion?

    I met with the owners yesterday. The wife has gone into anaphylactic shock before and the husband is only allergic to wasps and hornets, not honeybees. Because of this I have abandoned the trap out idea, and they do not want a bait hive on the property. There is no access to the colony from behind the steps and from what I could see with a borescope, there is all new white comb. This was probably a swarm from this year. I gave the homeowner a quote to remove the top landing and extract the bees, but, they are concerned with the allergy issue and asked me to just exterminate. I don't do exterminations as I am not here to kill bees, but left them with a quote and proposal if they change their mind.

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