Re: I have a cutout to bid. Really.
I have done a few cutouts; Ask if bees were sprayed before you ever go.
I'd be willing to bet that your enthusiasm will be tempered by reality.
1.)Don't even start till you have a signed agreement explaining EXACTLY what you will & won't do.
Extraction only. Extraction+Repairs. Better leave the repair estimate open ended.
2.) After the setup/cutout/cleanup you will get an education. I have been doing remodeling for 30+ years & I thought I could anticipate the whole procedure...WRONG!
I wouldn't do it for less than $400+$75 an hr.
3.) The bees will probably not make it. Combine them if you believe they are healthy. If you are doing it for the bees you are certain to be disappointed.
Vacuuming bees kills a lot & stresses the rest. I cut out a huge colony 2'wide x7' high, boxed them didn't screen them in, absconded in one day.
4.) I think it would be easier to do repairs to the interior, but I haven't seen the job...so you make the call.
5.) Trapout is a lot longer, less invasive. Do you want to be compensated for repeat visits?
I too was excited about getting free bees. You will more apt to go swarm catching after a cutout. Major mess!
Last edited by lakebilly; 01-26-2012 at 06:55 AM.
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I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!