Published on Jun 29, 2016
Bee removal in Sebastian, FL by 123bees.com
I received a call about "a lot of bees in a shed." When I arrived for the removal I discovered a beehive in an old, large stereo speaker inside of a dilapidated shed. They were leaving the shed through a back window and the front entrance (where the door had been).
Once I opened the speaker with my hive tool I saw that there was just one small piece of new comb the bees had made. The cluster of bees fell to the bottom of the speaker after I opened it so I poured them into a 5-frame wooden nuc box.
During this, the queen flew up into a tree across from the shed and the workers fled the nuc and went up into the tree. After searching for her for 20 minutes in the cluster of bees I found her and caged her. I moved her to the nuc box and brushed most of the bees off of the tree and into the box.
However, they didn't stay in the nuc (even though she was in there) and instead flew up into another tree (a cypress); about 12' up. I positioned the nuc box on a ladder under the cluster on the cypress, climbed the tree and shook the branch. The mass of bees alighted and went up into a 3rd tree (shown in the video). At this point I was thinking there were 2 queens in this hive (and I had caught the old one), and assembled my long-arm bucket contraption to remove the cluster from the 3rd tree (now about 20' up). I laid the queen cage (with the queen inside) on top of the open nuc on top of the ladder near the 2nd tree.
I banged the cluster into the bucket and retrieved it to look for the queen. The whole mass then discovered their queen and the cloud descended on the nuc and went into it. I placed the bucket near the nuc and let them do their thing. Success!