This afternoon I received a call from Erin saying that there’s a swarm of bees hanging infront of their school and if I was able to come out and rescue them, and hopefully before student pick up hour. I was supposed to run to another bee removal in San Jose but this one was higher priority as the bees were very close to children. I arrived in about 15 minutes after the call and this is what I saw. A huuuuge swarm, probably a good five pounds of bees or so.
My dad was not able to make this swarm call so I had to do it myself. It was a challenge because another pair of hands always make things much easier. So I improvised and set two boxes together and then my bee boxes right above that. I was able to lower about half of the bee swarm cluster into the box. Then it was just cutting a single branch dropping all the bees into the box. And then quickly placing the screen cover on to prevent any bees from coming out. Did all of this with a great audience watching and cheering (students, teachers, and parents). Also did a quick Q&A with the students on answering some of their questions about our honeybees as I love to educate.
Took this photo when we were looking for the queen bee. It took almost one hour to catch her because there were just so many bees to dig through. I did see her once before but she dug herself into the pile of bees and disappeared.
And here she is, our mighty queen bee.
After catching and caging the queen bee we placed everything together. Currently they are in three medium hive boxes but the bottom has zero frames. Will be removing that one tomorrow or Friday. It was just because there were too many bees when we poured them onto the two mediums, many didn’t move down into the frames.
Thanks to the Bowman International school students and staff for calling us to save our local honeybees!