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    Exclamation I need advice for transferring feral bees

    I have a swarm that has already settled into some cinderblocks in the back lot of my father's auto garage. It took me a few weeks to convince him to let me try to transfer them to a hive. I purchased a starter kit with one deep, entrance, queen divider for future expansion, entrance, and top. How do we get the bees out? I have ten 10" racks already loaded with natural beeswax. I have read online that lemongrass essential oil works for attracting them to a new home. They have already built a considerable amount of comb and i am not sure how deep it goes since the wall of cinderblocks is about 4 feet high. Any suggestions/hints? Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    I really need more information. Can you get to the nest and comb? If so cut the comb out and rubber band it into frames. Get as much brood as possible in the frames and place them in your hive box. set the box as close as possible to the bees. If you can't get to the bees and comb, then you will have to coax them out into a bee trap. Look up Hogan's Bee Trap, there is lots of info. on here about trapping bees using the Hogan Bee Trap.

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    The nest is inside the holes of cinder blocks that make a wall, I can get to the nest but how to get in is another question. There is comb and bees all the way at the top of the wall which is about 4 feet high. I have a smoker, so should I use that to get the bees away and cut out some of the comb that is at the top? I have a pic, but no idea how to post it here....currently they occupy three to four "squares" in the cinderblock. Again, no idea how deep the comb goes since the wall is pretty tall and therefore the holes are long. Hope that helped a little bit....

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    Is it just one hole that they can enter through? If you can block off all the entrances and force them to enter at one location you can set a bee trap, and get them entering through the trap and once they start using the trap you can start harvesting the bees. The only problem, it sounds like you have no access to any other hives and in order for the trap to work you have to bait it with fresh brood, and without another hive I don't know where you would get any brood. Check out Hogan's Bee Harvester, you can find out all about it on the net, and here in this forum.

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    They have about three "squares" in the cinderblock they enter in and out of. The whole top of the wall is completely open stacked cinder blocks. You can see straight down the empty ones. The honeycomb and bees are right at the top of the openings. I also have a hive, racks with beeswax sheets already installed as a base. Just need to get the bees in the box!

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    You can't pull them out with foundation. It is going to take brood to make them come into your box. You either have to use a bee trap or you will have to remove the blocks in order to get the bees. Do you know anyone that has experience with bees that could help you?

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    kopelia, any updates?

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    Well the gentleman I am working with tore the wall apart and did not listen to any advice I had gotten here. The bees are still in the wall but slowly moving up into the box after I put some comb on the frames after removing the plastic sheets. I had to do it while the guy was gone, but I had to go w my gut and what I was told here. I hope with this mans 40 plus yrs of beekeeping he knows what he's doing.

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    I will post pics as soon as I get home as I am at work and on my phone.

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    Here's a few pics of what's happening so far...
    Closeup:
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    The Wall:
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    Bees:
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    They go all the way down to the bottom of the wall.

    Forgot to get a pic of the comb I put into the frames, but I checked them this morning and there were tons more bees in the box now. Also took out five frames. So three have comb bits on them and two with the beeswax coated plastic. I had no idea the amount of bees in that wall! I also put the top back on the box properly. He started with the two small holes on the bottom and tried to smoke them out up into the box. We got one of the blocks off and I used the comb from that block. It was empty...I'm hoping they were about to fill it up. Another piece of comb had tons of pollen all in the cells so here's hoping they don't just rob it and take it back into the wall!

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    Nothing to report yet, the wall still looks the same, bees happliy flying in and out full of pollen...there has GOT to be a queen deep in that wall and probably all the wa at the bottom. As for the man who was supposed to help me, he made the mess ou see and then left for two weeks for vacation. It has been very rain down here in S. Fla lately so the bees have been very aggressive and also it's not the best weather to be smoking and cutting up a hive! I am now coming to the conclusion that the entire wall needs to come down as I have seen scouts in empty cells in the cinderblocks, so they are definitely thinking of expanding. Is there anyone in the Ft Lauderdale area that would help a girl out? I still really want to save these bees as I have already invested a bit of time and money into this. Or else if it comes down to it, anyone who wants to come and get these bees I'll just take a jar full of honey and a nice piece of comb in it. I'm getting kind of frustrated because evertime the weather is good the guy isn't around or if the guy is around the weather is bad. ARGH!

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    don't give up I would keep going with the box on top if it gets full of bees you could add a queen and have a hive started

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    Default Re: I need advice for transferring feral bees

    Took a look inside today since it was the first clear day in about a week and no bees inside. The comb was brown and smelled kind of funny so I took it out. Funny thing is, a few hours after that some if the larger bees were flying in and out of the box. So we will see what happens. I'm headed over there now just to observe them as its sunset. I'd like to see the full scale of the hive as I've only been able to see it in the hottest part of the day or when it's overcast and the bees were very jumpy. They are pretty mild otherwise and let you get pretty close. I'll try and post a few pics for you of some close ups of the hive as soon as I can Patience pays, right?

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