This is the first time I have tried uploading pictures from Dropbox. If they don't show up someone tell me how to do this-remember use small simple words and assume I know nothing about computers.
Anyway we did our first cut out under a mobile home New Years day We have always shied away from these jobs because the idea of working in tight spaces in the dark with bunch of pissed off bees just did not appeal to me. The customer was one of the Canadian winter visitor who come south every fall to escape the frigid north. According to the neighbors the bees had been there most of the summer. When Dave and his wife arrived in November they noticed a few bees but thought they were just foragers. Then one morning they noticed lot of bees. I guess at that time the neighbor piped up and told them about the big swarm they had seen earlier in the summer. So Dave started looking to get rid of the bees. Somewhere along he way he ran into a friend of mine and my name came up as a possible solution. I went and looked, and since this time of year we don't get as many calls I let my need for income talk me into doing the Mobile home. For those of you who are not familiar with them mobile homes are anything but mobile except when they are first delivered.The homes roll up in sections about 11 feet wide. then they are set up on blocks and the sections joined together and wheels and axles are removed. Usually the owners put some sort of skirt around the bottom to deter varmints In this case decorative blocks. So the first order of business was make an opening to get underneath so we moved several blocks and climbed under-no bees visible! When they build these things they put particle board floors then insulation then a fiberboard o hard board covering. So we pulled down fiberboard and insulation and still no bees. We had Dave go inside and pound on the walls and floor, we watched the bees come and go and we still could not find the hive. After a bout two hours we were ready to give up. I already had my veil off and was ready to start loading. I decided to make one more search. So I took a jimmy bar and crawled way under past all the area we had opened. I started wacking the fiberboard as I moved further in. Suddenly about 6 feet in I heard a strong humming noise and when I put my hand up to the fiberboard I could feel vibration and a warm spot. As I started to back out the girls sent out a delegation to speak to me and I scooted out really quickly. I got stung a few times but luckily none on the face.
We veiled up and I took the sawsall under and cut a hole the fiberboard. From there it was just a matter of vacuuming the bees and cutting down the comb. My wife, Becky took the second shift underneath finishing the vacuuming and passing the comb back to me. Aside from the comb we kept for the bees with brood and honey we ended up with a 5 gallon bucket of very new comb full of honey. I am guessing we will end up with better than a gallon of very pretty wild flower honey. When we finished Becky was the biggest gooiest mess from her waist up where honey had dribbled on her as she did the cut outs.
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