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  1. #1
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    Default How to remove a hive

    Merry Chirstmas to all my fellow beekeepers. I have a question or two about how to remove a wild hive from a house. From what I have been told this hive have been in the house for a few year since no one have live there few years. Not sure where it's located in the house, but was told they were in attic, sound like to me it would be between the wall not sure. My questions are, do I need to wait until spring time before removing this hive? What equipment will I need in the removal process? Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    It would be best to wait til warmer weather in the spring. Equipment needed will vary depending on how the house is constructed, and exactly where in the house they are.

    You can read lots more about this at Beesource by using the search term "cutout". Here's one thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-performed-and
    I reccommend using the search function on the Beesource home page, here:
    http://www.beesource.com/
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    One piece of equipment I would suggest is a beevac. There is a section on this forum devoted to cutout's and swarm trapping.

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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    Here's an interesting video about removing bees from a building and some things you might encounter:

    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    I don't advise anyone to do a cut out without a suit and veil.
    Even an easy cut out you still have a few mad ones. And watch out if get some grumpy hive or worse AHB.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    Spring will be better so the bees can recoup and recover. In the meantime, lots of good reading in the Cut Out section of this forum. I would go take a look at it to evaluate what you are dealing with, so you can have a game plan. There are also many videos on Youtube. Just search 'bee removal from (wall...ceiling...shed..etc)'. JPthebeeman has some fantastic videos out there, as do many others. (Warning! Very addictive viewing material! )

  7. #7
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    Thanks everyone for the good advise.

    Al

  8. #8
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    Here is a web site that covers trapouts it was authored by Wally from Asheboro, he has been keeping bees for 30 + years and also knows a lot about cutouts.

    http://www.guilfordbeekeepers.org/co...forum.php?f=10
    Just some thoughts.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: How to remove a hive

    Wait until spring.

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