Last Friday’s removal of honey bees from a house in Moscow, TN

Last Friday was a long day for this webmaster! I joined the Whisperer around 10 am, and we set out to complete a few chores before beginning the day’s bee removal.

The first job was setting up a new box to give more room to a struggling hive. I didn’t get any photos of the actual job, but the bees did pose for one great close-up!

Honeybees checking out their new box

The next task was to drop off The Whisperer’s new display hive somewhere with plenty of room for it to thrive. This hive has clear panels so that you can watch the bees do their work! If you want to see it in person, check out the Presentations page to see when The Whisperer might be speaking at an event near you!

Honeybee display hive

The clear portion is currently blocked off to keep the bees happy.

With the chores finally out of the way, The Whisperer and I set out for Moscow, Tennessee to remove bees from an almost-new house. When we arrived on the scene, a bulldozer was rumbling in the background, smoothing the ground for the new back pasture.

The bees had made their home somewhere underneath a stone fa├žade on the front of the house. The homeowners had attempted to caulk and steel wool the entrances thoroughly enough to discourage the bees, but the bees had been persistent enough to find a new way in!

Steel wool and caulk could not discourage the bees!

The bees’ new entrance is in the dark crack below The Whisperer’s arm.

We thought at first it would be easy to find the place in the wall that the bees had built their hive… but it was an hour and forty minutes of careful prodding through sheetrock and insulation before we found the hive!

Thousands of honeybees

Where is the hive? All I see is bees!

That is the most bees I have ever seen in one place! The Whisperer immediately set out to vacuum up the bees and remove the hive. Because the hive was a healthy one, we were able to place the pieces of hive into a couple hive boxes for relocation.

Hive with four queen cups placed in frame

This piece has four queen cups!

One piece of hive we found had four queen cups – cells specially designed for growing queens! One of the cells actually hatched out while we worked!

Hatched and hatching honeybee queen cups

We captured the hatched queen and placed the hatching cell in a queen catcher.

By the time all the hive and bees were removed, we had two boxes and three vacuum buckets of bees!

With the bees safely sealed up in the boxes and buckets, we set out for the Bartlett area to take the bees to their new home. We left around 8:30pm and arrived at the bee field around 10:15. It was late, and The Whisperer and I were both singing to the radio just to keep awake! But it was worth it to see the heaviest bucket of bees opened!

 

Buvket of honeybees

One of the buckets of bees. Their feet are linked together in the center of the framework.

I got to bed that night just short of midnight. Was it worth it? Definitely. The homeowners no longer have to worry about the children and pets being stung, and the bees are happy in their new home.