Bee Removals and Swarms – 2021

Hundreds of bee removals from trees/houses/roofs/sheds/water meters/etc have been done over the years. Hive access is sometimes difficult and sometimes easy. Every removal situation is different and always an adventure.  If you have bees that need removing give us a chance to relocate them to a good home in an area hobby beekeeper’s apiary.  Click here to contact NaplesBees for a quick response to your request.

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Removal 116:

1/5/2021 – Removal from a water meter on Mustang Island Circle located in south Naples.  Comb was removed and mounted on frames and the queen was caged.  The box was left overnight for the bees to move in to.

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Removal 117:

1/20/2021 – Removal from a water meter on 45th Street SW located in Golden Gate city. Comb was removed and mounted on frames and the queen was caged. The box was left overnight for the bees to move in to.

 

Removal 118:

1/31/2021 – Removal from a water meter on St Andrews Blvd located in south Naples. Comb was removed and mounted on frames. The box was left overnight for the bees to move in to.

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Removal 119:

2/6/2021 – Removal from a water meter on 101st Avenue North located in north Naples. Unfortunately, the water meter lid and its attached comb and bees were removed by the owner to a plastic bin earlier. We did the best that could be done to recover the damaged comb and bees and placed everything in a brood box. The box was left until after sunset for the bees to move in to. Later that night the box was empty and the any bees had left for pats unknown.

 

Removal 120:

2/9/2021 – A small swarm that landed on some brush near the apiary was removed to an apiary brood box.

 
 

Removal 121:

2/14/2021 – A water meter hive removal from a Burnt Pine Drive address in North Naples.  This time, lifting the lid showed the water meter had water up to within an inch of the lid.  The poor bees were huddled up on the lid trying to stay out of the water.  The bees were removed and placed in a box, but survivability looks to be very iffy.
Update 2/15/2021 — Inspection of the hive box after placing in the apiary showed a nice queen sitting on the underside of the top board!!
  That is a hopeful sign.

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Removal 122:

2/15/2021 This morning, while out in the apiary, a swarm was observed to settle on a used brood frame left on top of a hive box. The frame and its attached bees were placed in its own brood box and they seemed to settle in OK…. we shall see what they decide to do…..stay or leave………maybe this will be free bees!!!!

   

Removal 123:

2/28/2021 Removed a small hive from a water meter on 50th Lane SW in Golden Gate City. The queen was caged and a sugar syrup bottle was placed inside the brood box.

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Removal 124:

3/4/2021 Removed a large hive in a tree. The bees were vacuumed up, the comb mounted in frames, and the queen found and caged.

Fairly large hive hanging from a tree branch. Click on picture for a larger view.

One of the comb sections to be removed.  Click on picture for a larger view.

Mounting the comb sections in frames.  The queen was caught and placed near the brood comb.  Click on picture for a larger view.

Tree branch after all comb and bees have been removed.  Click on picture for a larger view.

Removal 125:

3/14/2021 Removed a medium size swarm that settled on a branch near the apiary. The queen was caged and all was placed in a brood box in the apiary.

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Removal 126:

3/16/2021 Removed a medium size hive from a water meter box on Knights Court in Kings Lake, Naples, FL.

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Removal 127:

3/18/2021 Removed a medium size hive from side of a house on Fort Charles Drive, Naples, FL.

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Removal 128:

3/25/2021 Removed a small hive from a stump. During the process of cutting out the comb and mounting in frames, the bees swarmed and settled in a tree about 200 hundred feet away. The queen in the swarm was found and caged and the branch was cut and placed near the box entrance.

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Removal 129:

3/30/2021 Removed a small hive from the soffit near a front door of a house on Terrazzo Lane. Toward the end of the comb removal, the queen was spotted and caged.

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After removal. Click on picture for a larger view.

   

Removal 130:

4/1/2021 This morning a swarm was found on the ground in the apiary. The queen was spotted and caged and a swarm box’s entrance was placed near the bees and left. In a short time all the bees had move in and the box was moved to a stand.
4/9/2021-saw no queen/brood…added a frame of brood/eggs.

   
   

Removal 131:

4/6/2021 This morning a water meter removal was done on Viking Way in North Naples.  It was a small hive.  A box with comb and a sugar water feeder was placed near the water meter and the bees starting walking in after a few minutes.

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Removal 132:

4/7/2021 This morning a removal was done at Sandpiper Street in Naples. It was a hive at the top of a post holding part of a canopy of vines.  The hive comb was embedded with vines making removal difficult.  The queen was spotted and caged toward the end of the comb removal.

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Before — close up. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

Removal 133:

4/10/2021 In the early afternoon of Saturday, a small swarm was spotted hanging on a Brazilian pepper branch near the edge of the apiary.  The queen was spotted and caged and all the bees were removed to a brood box.  About 15 minutes later all the bees started to swarm from the brood box and a cloud of bees in the air drifted about 40 feet away.  After about 5 minutes, the whole cloud drifted back toward the box and all the bees landed on the outside of the box.  After about another 5 minutes, bees started marching back in to the box and soon all the bees had entered the box where their caged queen was.  Just an awesome display of the influence that the queen has on a potential new hive.  There is little doubt that if the queen had not been caged, the bees would have swarmed away!!

   
   

Removal 134:

4/12/2021 This morning, a swarm was observed to settle on a stand leg in the apiary.  The bees were scooped up and placed in a hive box with used comb.  The queen was never spotted which was a little unusual since it was a small swarm and the number of bees was not that large.  If they do have a queen, hopefully, they will stay.

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