Bee Removals and Swarms – 2020

Bee removal highlights for 2020
(Past years (2018, 2017, 2016, etc) bee removals here )

 

Removal 60:

1/2/2020 – A small swarm was removed from a roadside tree in Goodlette/Pine Ridge road area of Naples. The bulk of the bees were gently scooped up and moved into a brood box and then gradually the remaining tree trunk bees moved into the box on their own.   Following the initial removal, the swarm did not want to stay put in the apiary, ie, swarming two more times so far.

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Update below after a morning of the hive being in the apiary…..

The swarm in a hive box and placed in the apiary.

The bees decide they don’t want to stay in the hive box and swarm to the bottom of the box. I put them back in and they decide to leave again for a nearby cypress tree.

The swarm is now 20 feet up in a cypress tree. I position another hive box right below the swarm and climb the ladder to gentle scoop up the bees and place in the hive box. We will see if they decide to stay in this box, and, if so, move the box to the apiary.

 

This afternoon I found this hanging on the back of an apiary hive box. It was removed and placed in an empty hive box.

 

 

Removal 61:

1/26/2020 – A small swarm was removed from the front door area of an East Naples house. The queen was found and caged.

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Removal 62:

2/21/2020 – A hive was removed from a Comcast service container located on a street in East Naples.  In order to remove the cover, the comb which was built around a lot of wiring, was heavily damaged.  Even so a lot of brood comb, honey comb, and bees were able to be removed and relocated to an apiary.  An examination a few days later of the brood box in the apiary revealed the hive has a healthy queen.

The Comcast stand and cover. Click on picture for a larger view

The Comcast container top……Click on picture for larger view.

 

The Comcast hive removal in the new apiary location. Click on picture for larger view.

 

The queen survived the removal. Click on picture for a larger view.

Close up picture……The queen rules!! Click on picture for a larger view.

 
 

Removal 63:

3/3/2020 – A very small hive was removed from a cypress tree at a home in Golden Gate Estates.  We used our battery powered bee vac to remove most of the bees and then enlarged the hole slightly to so we could remove all the comb.  A queen was not spotted because of the confined space, but something (queen pheromone?) was attracting the bees to our bee vac.  Maybe we will spot the queen when the hive is moved in to our apiary.

Cypress tree with small hive.  Click on picture for larger view.

Small hive as viewed from the cypress hole opening. Click on picture for larger view.

 

Being a very young hive, there was only a few small comb pieces available for removal. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

Bee Vac used to get as many bees as we could. Possible queen pheromones may have been attracting bees around the bee vac vacuum control opening.

 

Cypress hole opening widened slightly to allow the comb removal.

 

Removal 64:

3/11/2020 – A very large hive was removed from a wooden table structure in eastern Golden Gate Estates.  The large hive had built extensive comb along the bottom of large wooden console table.  Access was difficult but all the comb was removed and all the bees were vacuumed up using our “beevac”.  The size of the hive was around 5 X 3 feet and was packed with 20-25 thousand bees.

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Removal 65:

3/26/2020 – A small hive was removed from a buried propane tank cover in the Palm River area of Naples.  About 4 pieces of comb were recovered with brood and most of the bees captured.

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Removal 66:

4/2/2020 – A small hive was removed from a water meter box in the Naples Park area of Naples.  The queen was spotted and caged.  Using the newspaper technique, it was combined with another hive in our apiary that had gone queenless recently. We marked the queen.

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Removal 67:

4/8/2020 – Another hive was removed from a water meter box in the Naples Park area of Naples. This one had about 6 good size frames of brood.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Removal 68:

4/12/2020 – A good size swarm was removed that had settled on the back side lid of another hive box in the apiary.  The trick to a successful swarm removal is capturing the queen.  Sometimes she is hard to spot, but with a little patience she usually can be found and then caged to allow the hive to settle in the box.  She can be released in a few days.   A short video of the removal is shown below.

Removal 69:

5/12/2020 – A swarm was removed from a tree in the front yard of a Golden Gate Estates home.  The queen was spotted and caged.

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Removal 70:

5/22/2020 – A gentle hive was removed from a carport ceiling in the Naples City area. The bees were vacuumed up as the sections of comb were gradually removed and mounted in frames.  The queen was spotted on the very last piece of comb removed

Ceiling cutout exposing the entrance. Click on picture for a larger view.

 
 

Hive exposed after more ceiling removal. Click on the picture for a larger view.

 

All the comb removed.

 

Queen caged. She was on the very last comb piece removed!

 
 

Removal 71:

5/27/2020 – A swarm was removed from a branch in Royal Harbor, Naples, FL.

 

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Removal 72:

5/28/2020 – A medium size hive was removed from a water meter box in Royal Harbor, Naples, FL.

 

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Removal 73:

6/4/2020 – A very small swarm was removed from a hedge at an Olde Naples address.  Although not a lot of bees, the queen was spotted and captured and we will try to get the hive to grow in the apiary.

 

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Removal 74:

6/6/2020 – Another very small swarm was removed from a hedge at an Golden Gate City.   The shrub branch was cut and dropped in to a nuc box.

 

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Removal 75:

6/9/2020 – A very weak hive was removed from a fire pit grill in the back yard of a Kings Lake house.  The hive was in very bad shape with lots of wax moth larvae making the comb not salvageable.  The few removed bees will be combined with an apiary hive since no queen was recovered.

 

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Removal 76:

6/10/2020 – A very small hive was removed from a water meter in Royal Harbor.

 
 
 
 

Removal 77:

6/19/2020 – Another very small hive was removed from a water meter in North Naples.

 
 
 
 

Removal 78:

6/22/2020 – Swarm removed from bush near our apiary.

 

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Removal 79:

6/23/2020 – Medium size hive was removed from a water meter in the Orange Tree area.

 

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Removal 80:

6/27/2020 – A fairly large hive was removed from a North Naples house roof.  This removal was a group effort by the Bee Boyz and Girlz group and was an opportunity to hands on learn about the live removal process.  The comb was removed and rubberband mounted in frames and the bees vacuumed up.  Everybody participated and came away with a basic understanding of some techniques and equipment used.  Roof removals are probably one of the most difficult types of removals because of access, especially in the 96 degree humid heat of Southwest Florida.  Toward the end of the roof removal, a couple small swarms parked themselves on adjacent palm trees and were also removed.

 

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