Received a call from Megan yesterday regarding some bee activity near her chimney. She noticed some bees last year and smoked them, then they seemed to have disappeared but then recently reappeared. So I went for a site check this beautiful afternoon. The activity today was high from my observation while standing infront of the house. A lot of bees moving in and out and I could tell they were already established from their flight pattern. But it was kind of strange because she said she used the fireplace throughout November and the bees are still there.
Well, I climbed up onto the roof and took a peek into the chimney and the way this older house and chimney is constructed, there’s the main chimney flue and there’s a secondary flue. The bees built in that secondary flue which is used to vent the exhaust from the water heater and furnace in the basement.
The bees started building about an arm’s length from the top and because they have been established there for over one year, there’s no way to determine how far they have build downwards until we actually get started on the bee removal. I’ve been thinking of how to best remove them and still save the bees and queen, the brood, maybe. Scheduled the rescue the bees next weekend after delivering an adopted hive in Los Altos.