Cutout - need some suggestions.
ok, so I am on Nextdoor, and this young homeowner has bees under the siding on a 2 story brick veneer house, it is hardiboard siding above brick, bees between the floors. Her pest control company found it, wanted to cut out at a very high price, and told her to call a beekeeper.
She got on Next door, I'm making friends to help me pick up swarms (and find owners for stray dogs) and in the immediate area it is worth it for me to pick up swarms for free, I have outyards to populate.
and these bees have just moved in. Never been sprayed. (she accepted some honey so I believe that).
traffic volume not too high but, yeah, they are a little deeper in the house than appeared on the surface, definitely not as big as a full deep but a couple of years worth of small brood combs and short of major joist cutting I can't be 100% sure I got all the comb. Her budget isn't going for deeper cutting either.
so I got all the comb out that I could get to, vacced all the bees I was sure were hers before the robbers showed up, put some brood in a bait hive on the 5 ft scaffold, and brought the other bees home.
I know how to deal with the bees themselves, with no queen I will merge them with the small half of yesterday's split. I am letting her neighborhood bees rob out the honey comb that fell between the brick veneer and the wall sheathing. the chunks were small, if 8 oz of honey no more than that, and a jillion robbers as we are in drought.
I can: A. go back at dusk, spray soapy water on comb traces on wood and dump some in the wall, and close it up or
B. go back tomorrow at noon and do the same.
or C - got any suggestions? this place is built like a fortress, I need a snake light and a snake comb grabber, weaving between 2 inch openings above brick and below major joist, and then up another joist to what appears to be the hollow between the floors....
I let her wear a suit and watch when I opened the wall. She said it was the most amazing thing she has ever seen. (another bee addict is born?)
Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, flood and strange weather. The bees are still alive.