Got a call from the water dept about 2 meter boxes with honey bees. Have never done a meter box removal before.
Just got back from the first meter box, several lessons:
1. If I am going to do this regularly I MUST have a bee vac. Plan to build one this winter.
2. Scooping bees, comb, honey out of meter box by hand is really messy and inefficient. Absolutely cannot tell if I got the queen or not. Put them into nuc with some empty comb from other hive (I do not have any available brood comb, unfortunately).
3. Sprayed box with white vinegar to try to force the rest of the bees to leave (if I got the queen). Will check over the next couple of days to see if I was successful. Left the entire top of the box open.
4. Put the bees and comb into 5 frame nuc, closed it up and brought it home. Plan to leave it closed in shaded garage for 2 days to keep them from overheating and induce them to stay in nuc. Would like to overwinter in the nuc if I can.
Plan to go do the other box after lunch. Will update and ask for advice once I am done and am trying to figure out how to keep them all home. It is fun, and certainly a challenge.