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  1. #1
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    Default Questions about a cut-out

    Hi everyone, I got my first cut out in a home this weekend. The bees are coming in from a vent on the outside of the house, it's from the laundry room but the lady say's she hears them in her room and they have been found in the house lately so I'm wondering what is the best way to locate the bees in the wall and what would be a fair price for this. I've done other cut outs but they were vacant buildings ask itw not that complicated.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    I would try a stethoscope to locate them.

    Price would depend on so many factors I couldn't guess. You would have to take into account who is doing the repairs after you are done, how far away it is, etc...
    -David

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Stethoscope and a remote camera.
    You will find that cutouts are worth every bit of $50.00 per hour, Starting when you leave the shop. Plus materials if you rebuild the opening.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    I have a minimum of $250, use a stethoscope. If they are using a dryer vent as the entrance I would bet the hose is pulled loose allowing them into the floor or wall. Most of the ones I've come across have been in the floor joists, but have had many in the wall at the vent.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    I'm just a little nervous because this is the first one in a home that someone lives in and i will have to bee proof the room as to keep them contained.
    I was wondering about a bee blower if that would get the bees out and then once there contained remove the comb?

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Get yourself a 30.00 laser thermometer. It will pinpoint the brood area. It will rise only a few degrees above ambient temps around it but it is invaluable.
    Plastic painter's sheeting and some painters tape works well to contain the bees. Most often, they will go to the windows and clump up.
    "Bee blower"? You mean vac?
    I'd build a bee vac if you plan on doing removals. I have one on youtube that explains why and how I built my vacs.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Mr. Beeman can we get the link to your bee vac on YouTube please.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Thank all you gyys for the grratinfo went and got the epuipment needed but homeowners ended up flaking out as they wanted me to do the cut out for free.
    They also told me the bees were in there walls all summer so it was going to be pretty intense i would imagine.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Epreciado View Post
    Mr. Beeman can we get the link to your bee vac on YouTube please.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35jMP-poy2c

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    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Quote Originally Posted by vbhurles2016 View Post
    Thank all you gyys for the grratinfo went and got the epuipment needed but homeowners ended up flaking out as they wanted me to do the cut out for free.
    They also told me the bees were in there walls all summer so it was going to be pretty intense i would imagine.
    That's when you say, "Thank you, and enjoy the buzz. Oh, by the way, my hourly rate just doubled, should you decide to change your mind."

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Nah, just means they'll spray them probably....

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    Even if spayed they still need to remove the comb correct, so it dont ooze and bring ants and i heard mold also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vbhurles2016 View Post
    Even if spayed they still need to remove the comb correct, so it dont ooze and bring ants and i heard mold also?
    Don't forget the stench of 30-40000 dead bee carcasses. That is enough to gag a maggot!

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    [QUOTE=vbhurles2016;1464624]went and got the epuipment needed but homeowners ended up flaking out as they wanted me to do the cut out for free./QUOTE]

    Thats when you say "enjoy your bees", and leave. There is no really good way to work with cheapskates. A better investment, is learning to catch bees with lure boxes.

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    Default Re: Questions about a cut-out

    I actually bought oneto try to trap them it is like a card board log and it comes with a pheromone scent you staple in the inside.
    Can you lurebees with that or is there another lure to use?

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    The easiest way for most folks is to use a hive box as a lure box. Old hives are best. Put in frames, they will start right on them. Get swarm lure pheromone or lemongrass oil to put in it. It doesnt need to be very high, if in a tree. Its good if you can reach it while on your feet.

    Many cutouts have the problems you mentioned, or more. Usually a people problem. Often its much more work to get bees from cutouts. And folks think its your duty to do it, since you keep bees. It isn't.

    If asked to do cutouts, I charge so much, most people turn me down. If I do get the job it's worth it.

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