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    Default Latest top bar removal here in Florida

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    It was a very new arrival in between floors of an apartment building with minimal comb.

    I've done a number of removals for this same apartment complex over the past year-or-so. Each one
    has been a different building, so don't think they're moving into the same void.

    Tomorrow I have another cut-out at the same complex. They requested that I bring along a bait
    hive to set up on the property in an attempt to spare the buildings needing more cut-outs. I made
    a deal with them to get paid each time the bait hive fills up. That ought to be interesting.

    So anyhow, here's the cut-out video:


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    what didn't want to scoop them bare handed like JP ? LOL Nice removal, do you typically leave the repairs up to the landowner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    what didn't want to scoop them bare handed like JP ? LOL Nice removal, do you typically leave the repairs up to the landowner?
    Nah, I'd rather not get stung unnecessarily at this point in my career...lol.

    Regarding repairs after the removal, I give them the option. Obviously, if I don't have to repair
    anything, they get out a bit cheaper. In the case of the apartments, they gladly have their maintenance guy do it.

    Thanks for the kind words, Harley. But that removal was a glorified swarm removal. Was too easy.

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    Dang, paid to hang swarm traps. I need a piece of that action!

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    Nice cut out. Thanks for the video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverdale View Post
    Nice cut out. Thanks for the video.
    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    I don't take for granted when they go well.

    Believe me, things can go south really quick if you aren't careful and throw the whole removal completely off.

    Let's just say recently (and won't be televised), things malfunctioned with my bee vac and turned a routine removal into a complete nightmare.

    I'll leave it at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannonswyatt View Post
    Dang, paid to hang swarm traps. I need a piece of that action!
    It's gotta perform, it's gotta perform.

    Also, there's a chance kids could find it and 'take care' of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatBeek View Post
    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    I don't take for granted when they go well.

    Believe me, things can go south really quick if you aren't careful and throw the whole removal completely off.

    Let's just say recently (and won't be televised), things malfunctioned with my bee vac and turned a routine removal into a complete nightmare.

    I'll leave it at that.

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    oh come on LOL You always make it look so easy, a video that looks like the rest of us do on a removal would be nice.

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    "THEY'RE WAY TOO NICE".

    That didn't sound like you were complaining.

    Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    oh come on LOL You always make it look so easy, a video that looks like the rest of us do on a removal would be nice.
    Sadly, today I had a vacuum that I've used many, many times kill a bunch of bees. The suction
    was much too heavy. I've used the same setting many times before. I still have no clue why it happened.
    There's a chance that I could have installed a baffle or padding at the curve in the top of the vacuum when I first made it and perhaps it fell out. I don't even know at this point. To add insult to injury, it started raining when I was trying to salvage the cutout close to dark.

    The reason I'm telling others this is perhaps it will prevent it happening to one of you.

    Please check the bees in the catch area of the vacuum almost immediately after you begin vacuuming
    to make sure they aren't being injured or killed in high numbers.
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    >Sadly, today I had a vacuum that I've used many, many times kill a bunch of bees.

    That's why I quit using them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >Sadly, today I had a vacuum that I've used many, many times kill a bunch of bees.

    That's why I quit using them...
    I don't use them nearly as much as I used to.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have NOT used it, obviously.

    Anyhow, sometimes they are a necessity, but if I have to use it again in the future, I'm going to be extra careful.

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    you didn't shut it off did you? The first time we used one we got tired of listening to it and shut it off and half of them overheated. There was enough bees that they ended up making it........ well at least till winter where they got stuck on brood

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    What could you use instead of a bee vac? Just curious...I would like to come up with a flexible hose made out of foam that would be softer on the bees' body.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatBeek View Post
    I don't use them nearly as much as I used to.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have NOT used it, obviously.

    Anyhow, sometimes they are a necessity, but if I have to use it again in the future, I'm going to be extra careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverdale View Post
    What could you use instead of a bee vac? Just curious...I would like to come up with a flexible hose made out of foam that would be softer on the bees' body.
    your hands

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phlmCmojzEY


    If you adjust your flow properly, it's typically not the hose that hurts them, the biggest danger with vacuuming bees is overheating that is why I asked if he turned it off by chance.

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    I definitely see both sides to this issue regarding the usage (or not) of bee vacs.

    I don't know. Even as I type this right now I'm struggling at justifying using a vac any longer after what happened to me the other day. But I know I'm going to come across
    future removals where it will be a necessity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    your hands

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phlmCmojzEY


    If you adjust your flow properly, it's typically not the hose that hurts them, the biggest danger with vacuuming bees is overheating that is why I asked if he turned it off by chance.

    The overheating wasn't the issue the other day. I do removals during the heat of summer here in FL and never a problem. It wasn't even remotely hot
    the other day when this disaster happened. It was definitely trauma. But yes, in general, that's probably the case that overheating is the main culprit.

    And yes, I've noticed JP uses the vac a lot less over the past year-or-so with his removals. It could be my imagination, but it does seem to be the case.

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    Never had an issue with this vac system I built. Been vacuuming bees with this for 3 years now.

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