Tomorrow is already October and if you haven’t done your final inspection and Winter prep yet, it’s that time of the year.
Remove any excess honey, reduce the honey supers the bees aren’t using, put that roof over your hives, and for those who use QUEEN EXCLUDERS it’s time to remove them.
I’ve also noticed the ants are getting really aggressive lately so be sure to ant proof your bee stands if you’re breaking comb and honey is dripping inside the hives.
If you search my blog for winter prep you will find more tips.
Just a quick note that I’m still here. Just really bee-z lately with my job but still doing bee rescues on the weekends. Will be doing my last inspection and honey harvest throughout this month and depending on my free time and weather, might continue to the first week of Oct or so.
Received a call from a Sunnyvale resident regarding bees in their recycle bin. Her husband flipped the lid open and there might be only like 50 or so bees left. When I heard that I thought ok, maybe the bees decided to leave. Well, when I got there it was much more than that. It was maybe 50 bees flying near the top. She was afraid to get close for a peek. Inside was a huge cluster all plastered onto the wall of the recycle bin because the lid was opened. You’ll see the comb section they have started to build.
A good sized swarm moved into this recycle bin.
And here’s our queen.
Thanks for calling to save our local honeybees!
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Michael swung by and picked up a healthy young colony that we relocated in Los Altos Hills. He will be bringing this hive to El Granada where they don’t get much sun but have forage throughout the year. Two years ago someone from the same area bought a hive from me and that hive boomed like mad.
Wow, I cannot believe how many times I’ve removed bees from this property on Redwood Shores. Swarms keep moving into the stucco fence section, and I’ve recommended to leave the void open so we can remove the swarms easier, but also let’s set up swarm traps for anything else in the future. The bees actually this time moved into a section next to the last. And this colony swarmed many times before we got there as there were many opened queen cells, small population, and zero brood. We vacuumed all the bees and took them home to combine with another colony,.
I’m really glad that a local golf and country club is doing their part in protecting our local honeybees. They have several oak trees that have active hives in the hollows and they are willing to just let them be. To prevent swarms of bees from moving into their club house or other structures in the area they have placed a few swarm traps near the 6+ colonies. This would be my third time removing a swarm trap on the golf course.
We brought the swarm trap home in the evening to transfer them to a hive box. A small established colony.
Found a tiny queen. Either a virgin or just mated as there are no eggs on the fresh comb they built.
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Ed who actually contacted me in 2012 not regarding bee removal but wanting some help on starting some hives on his property, this year called and needed help on relocating a hive that has been living in the soffit for over 7 years. The bees have finally started to move into a lower unit of the property that he rents out and it was time to move them.
Above is where the bees are located. They are entering and exiting throuhg the rotted sideboard where a cleanout is sticking out. A thermal image shows where they are at.
Holy cow! This really feral hive wasn’t so kind. Pried just a little bit of the plywood and they were all over my dad and I. And throughout the removal they didn’t let up. My dad received several stings to the face and a couple of stings for me to my arm since I was the one cutting out the combs.
And finally we expose the large feral hive. They were completely out of room. TONS of bees!
Large comb sections were cut out slightly larger than deep hive body. Tons of brood and honey that rained on me as I was removing comb.
And yup, we caught the mighty queen that has been passing on the great survival genetics.