good idea. i'll give that a try, though i'm going to move to a bigger hose in hopes of this not happening anymore.for the future maybe put a fishing weight on the end of a long string and a rag tied to the other end. drop the weight through and pull the rag through and the bees will come with it.
i started with a 25' or 35' hose. it was too long, so i cut it in thirds. the +/- 10' length is more manageable.i've got a cutout coming up next week and just ordered a 30' hose so i can leave my vacuum in one location. eBay had it for $30. it is a poolvacuum hose, so has a smooth interior, which should be a bit more gentle on the bees as well.
I don't understand why the Bee's were still in the HOSE. Just turn the Vacuum on and suck them into the box. Fix the Vacuum so that you can take the hose out of the hole and close the hole. Even a Rag could do that. You need to fix the hose so it is removable.Got home about 9:15 last night and unloaded the two deeps from a removal that I did yesterday afternoon/evening. Beautiful queen bee BTW.
Anyway took them out to the yard and combined the vacuumed bees with the brood, other bees, and queen. I could hear the hose humming a little bit. In the past I've had a problem getting every last bee out of the hose, so this time I laid the hose right at the entrance to the hive hoping they would eventually walk out and into the box. When I retrieved the hose this morning, I shook out probably a half pound of bees from the hose. Some were still alive, but most were dead. I feel like a turd now and have to do something about the hose I'm using for removals.
Just thought I'd vent to a group that might understand.
Russ - My thoughts exactly. I try to increase the sucking power just for a few seconds each time I band up another piece of comb to help keep the hose clean. I have also noted that with my home made system, when I shut off the power, the bees immediately start back up the hose. So now when done, I remove my hose and plug the hole in the container with a rag, or cover with a piece of magic (duct tape), then turn things off. It has stopped the problem with bees in the hose.I don't understand why the Bee's were still in the HOSE. Just turn the Vacuum on and suck them into the box. Fix the Vacuum so that you can take the hose out of the hole and close the hole. Even a Rag could do that. You need to fix the hose so it is removable.