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  1. #1
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    Default Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    2 years ago I noticed a large hive in a tree in my yard. I wasn't too concerned as I thought it was cool. in time I showed my neighbors and now one is freaking out wanting them gone. So far as I know, no one has experienced any stings or anything negative. Ive made a few phone calls to folks whom ive found on internet searches. So far the only taker is someone who offered to ELIMINATE them for a fee of $500. WHAT? For that they can stay ther as far as Im concerned.

    Now more info... It IS a hive not a swarm. Im no apiary expert by no means, but I think I can recognize a hive. Currently I have a mass of honeycomb approx 24"wide x 30" long x 8"-10" deep 20 feet up in a tree in my front yard. I was trimming branches with a reciprocating saw while on a ladder. I saw the hive but initially thought it was a squirrels nest. I got within 5' of it before I noticed it was moving. so they are not aggressive. The beekeepers I did find via the web didn't want to mess with them because of the height of the hive.

    I live in the Dallas metro mess but was raised in the country. I'm def not going to PAY someone to eradicate them. I'm sure I could do that myself with a garden sprayer and some gasoline! I would like to know if there is anyone in my area that would like to remove the hive. I would also like to know how I could harvest some of the honey without a hospital visit. I have no idea what time of the year is best for this.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Keith
    214 769-2630

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    You'll want to get rid of them, right away. Forget the cost; that's a minor part of them problem. They tend to get more and more aggressive with time, til you get to the point where you don't want to leave the house, and you sit in a closet with all the lights out. They can follow you everywhere, constantly harassing you, and can potentially cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

    Pesky neighbors are no joke, bud.

    As far as the hive goes...I doubt it's Africanized, since 1) it's been there two years, 2) you haven't been stung yet, even while tree-trimming, 3) you haven't seen a swarm from it, and 4) they are so high up in the tree. If you want the honey, suit up and take it in late June/early July. Just in case I'm misleading you about Africanized genes, make sure pets/kids are inside, and have a quick escape route ready. I'd probably spend the cash to rent a boom lift, because I'm terrified of ladders...also, I'd invest a few bucks on some plywood and Google the plans to build a bee vacuum out of a Shop Vac. That way, you can get them out of the air and into the box in a minimal amount of time.

    EDIT: They can sting through clothes when they are pulled tight, especially at your elbows and back. I'm having great luck with a ten dollar Tyvek painter's suit from Lowes, but I've heard that when they get wet with sweat (they're HOT), bees can sting through them. Go ahead and get a good veil from one of the banner ads on this site. They aren't expensive, and you can always use it when getting rid of wasps and hornets.
    Last edited by millerdrr; 05-09-2013 at 01:05 AM.

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    Quote Originally Posted by millerdrr View Post
    You'll want to get rid of them, right away. Forget the cost; that's a minor part of them problem. They tend to get more and more aggressive with time, til you get to the point where you don't want to leave the house, and you sit in a closet with all the lights out. They can follow you everywhere, constantly harassing you, and can potentially cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
    Did you forget this: or are you seriously trying to add to the irrational fear of bees that many people have?

    To the original poster, they are bees not serial killers. I'm sure someone close by will come trap them out of the tree. I dang sure would if I was closer.

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    My interpretation of Millerddr's first paragraph is that he was referring to the NEIGHBORs, not the bees! (The clue is the second paragraph)
    Pesky neighbors are no joke, bud.
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    It was a joke about pesky neighbors, not bees, Brad.

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    My interpretation of Millerddr's first paragraph is that he was referring to the NEIGHBORs, not the bees! (The clue is the second paragraph)
    Very good then. Hey, it's early I normally catch on to sarcasm quit quickly....

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    Quote Originally Posted by boots4965 View Post
    I got within 5' of it before I noticed it was moving. so they are not aggressive.
    What was moving Keith? Is this an open hive? Are they honey bees? If the neighbor is complaining then the neighbor can pay to remove them. 20 ft up in a tree is not your problem unless it throws a swarm that gets into your house.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    Boots,
    I'm w/ you...... it's cool ! Let 'em B tell neighbor they are now part of US Ag. wild honeybee study and forward them lots of links 2 CCD articles. Keep us posted !
    Cheers,
    Drew
    "Nature does nothing uselessly." Aristotle

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    I would keep looking for a beekeeper that would remove them for you you. Contact the head of a local beekeepers association:

    http://www.tvbees.org/ (also see their associations section)
    http://www.beeremovalspecialist.com/...al/dallas.html
    http://www.littlegiantbeekeepers.net/bee-removal-dallas
    http://www.adkinsbeeremoval.com/dallas.php
    http://www.beecharmer.org/about.htm
    etc

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    Default Re: Newbee with LARGE wild hive

    Did you check the bee removal list on this site?

    I would check craigs list next. Do you have a local news paper that you can put a ad in for free stuff?

    is the hive on limbs or a branch, if so its sounds very easy to remove and relocate and not harm them.
    Sounds like they are not Africanized. No reason to harm them.

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