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  1. #1
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    Default Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    What product or method do you commercial guys use to remove bees out of your supers when you pull honey? Or what is the most effective way to move bees out quickly?

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    I use a leaf blower. Pull the super lean it up agains the front of the hive and blow flip it around blow again. There are some tricks.

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    Bee go and fume pads! Using a blower is 2-3 times the work
    AKA BEEMAN800

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    The bee blower was specifically invented to avoid any contamination issues with the chemicals used. Benzoic acid was commonly used in the 60's, and left trace residues.

    Get a REAL bee blower, one that puts out enough velocity to make waves in the skin on your arm. The first one had a stand and chute built in. The super was placed on the stand, in front of the hive, and the bees blown onto the "front door"
    A leaf blower is NOT the same, and WOULD take longer.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    I have used gas leaf blowers for 40 years to remove 2+ tons and they work plenty well to satisfy me. We add a vac hose with concentrator nozzle to the blower. We put the super standing up on a revolving stand so we can quickly blow from both sides. The last few years we have been using the blower from our Ridgid blower vac. It is also amply powerful enough. We also have a Dadant blower stand if we have not used excluders, to aim any vagrant queen back to the entrance of her hive. We like the electric better, quieter and easier to turn on and off. My friend spilled some Bee-go in his truck decades ago, I would be hard to convince to use chemicals after that.

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    I'm with Brian on this (although generally use Honey Robber from Mann Lake). I have used both (blower & fume pads), and a blower is much slower.
    Gregg Stewart

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    Blower is much faster when you are pulling honey with a high of 60 degrees.

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Blower is much faster when you are pulling honey with a high of 60 degrees.
    Yeah at the end of the year when its getting late or for taking off supers of comb honey.
    AKA BEEMAN800

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    Default Re: Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    Generally I leave the bottom 3 boxes on for winter so I just smoke them down. used "acid boards" once, but I didn't care for that at all. If they really don't want to leave I will brush them off the frames or bounce the frames in front of the hive.

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