Rubber Bands and Bee Comb from a Memphis Removal

I’ve had a few requests to explain how I put cut comb into frames to save brood when I remove bees from homes. So here are a few photos.

First, we take an empty brood frame and crisscross 2 rubber bands from corner to corner, on the same side of the frame. (Yes rubber bands bring out the kid in me. It’s a little hard to use them with gloves, but you can still pop your helper when he’s not looking.)

Empty frame with 2 rubber bands crisscrossed,

Empty frame with 2 rubber bands crisscrossed.

Second, the frame is laid on top of a piece (or a couple of pieces) of foundation, rubber band side down. This will act as a base for the cut brood comb to lay on while a second set of rubber bands are crisscrossed over the top of the comb. Most of the time the comb has to be cut to fit into the frame. Be sure to lay the comb in vertically as it was hanging in house or tree. Honey bees won’t work comb that is upside down, while eggs, larva and honey will fall out. Additional bands can be used to hold the comb in place. Try not to pop the comb or bees. They don’t like it and will tell your helper all about it, by crawling into his veil and whispering with their stingers near his ears…

Comb being laid into the frame.

Comb being laid into the frame.

The final framed comb looks kinda like this. The additional bands can be added across the top of the comb or vertically as needed. By the time the rubber bands break down, the bees will have added enough of their own wax to secure the combs in place.

Finished product with comb secured.

Finished product with comb secured.