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    Hi, I have a removal to of bees in the main trunk of a tree. Cutting the tree down isn't an option therefore I am going to try a force them out. I have no beego or bee quick and no access to either at this time, based on my research I have read where essential oils specifically tee tree, almond and orange oils can be used as repellant. My questions are, has anybody used them before, how effective and fast do they work and can anyone suggest an alternative.

    My plan is drill until I find the bottom of the hive assuming that it's below the entrance, and use a combination of smoke and oil to hopefully force them out into a mesh cage over the entrance. I used this method with bees in a pipe and it worked like a charm

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    Hey ssmikes
    what has worked for me in the past is, as it is sold. 4oz almond extract, 4oz tea tree oil, and 8oz rubbing alcohol. Mix them together well and it works. Now if the bees are established in the tree I doubt they would leave brood behind. But if they need to be removed and you can not cut open the tree to get at them, I say give it a shot and see how it works.
    "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

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    Thanks for responding. Yes they are established but I figure that once I can get something irritating enough they will go out of the hive even temporarily and into the cage. So I will give it a shot. Will let you know how it works out

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    You could always try smoking them very very very hard. That will push them out and you have to use more smoke than you think.
    "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

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    ssmikes...Is it possible to do a trapout. If so, that is the way to go.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Bees in tree

    I second the trap out idea.

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    Default Re: Bees in tree

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    I second the trap out idea.
    All those in favor, say I!

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    Default Re: Bees in tree

    thats an option that i will consider. i just had to refresh my memory on what it is. what time-frame would be one be looking at for a successful trapout?

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    Default Re: Bees in tree

    Are these bees causing a hazard to people or livestock?

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmikes View Post
    what time-frame would be one be looking at for a successful trapout?
    Likely 6 to 8 weeks for complete removal (if that is what you want). Just a few days for your first 3-5 lb start. Then, a start of 3-5 lbs bees every 2-3 weeks until Mid-Summer. Then stop trapping.

    cchoganjr

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    No the bees aren't really a hazard. The homeowner is uncomfortable now knowing that there are bees in her yard but apart from at nights when the lights are on they aren't a problem. She just wants them gone. 6 -8 weeks might be too long for me and would be a last resort.

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    Ok, well best wishes on the removal. I wish I could offer you some help with the smoke/EO/etc repellant but I don't know about actually running a colony off of brood....seems whatever would make them move off of brood would be detrimental to their health.

    Ed

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    Cleo
    How early in the spring can you do a trap with the plan on leaving them.
    David

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