Bee Removals and Swarms – 2024

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.  Below is a chronological listing of various past bee removals done over the years.

See 2023 year bee removals here
See 2022 year bee removals here
See 2021 year bee removals here

See 2020 year bee removals here

See 2019 year bee removals here
See 2018 year bee removals here
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See 2015-2016 year bee removals here

Removal 229:

1/30/2024 – A small hive from a water meter on 45th Street SW in Golden Gate City was removed this morning.  The cool January morning temperatures kept the bees fairly docile.  The queen was captured. 

   
 
 

Removal 230:

2/13/2024 – A very large hive was removed from a big water meter located on Frank Whiteman Blvd in Naples.  The meter box was totally filled with bees and comb.  All the brood comb was cut out and rubber band mounted on frames, filling about 8 brood box frames.  It took a couple hours to clean out the box and vacuum up almost all of the bees.

Super size water meter box partially covered in sugar sand. Click on picture for a larger view.

Once the top was pried off, wall to wall slabs of comb were exposed. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

Another view of the bottom of the top and also showing the thousands of bees on comb broken off and laying in the box.

 
 

The water meter box after comb clean up and most of the bees vacuumed up.

Removal 231:

3/19/2024 – An owl box very full of bees and their comb was removed. Back at the apiary, the owl box was disassembled and the comb transferred to a brood box. 

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Removal 232:

3/29/2024 – A water meter removal on 8th Avenue North. 

Water meter hive needing live removal. Click on picture for a larger view.

Opening of the water meter to expose the comb and bees. Equipment ready to remove the comb and mount in brood box frames.

 

Back in the apiary, the bees are set up on a stand and opened up. Normally, the bees will settle down in a few hours. Hopefully they will decide to stay.

 

Removal 233:

3/29/2024 – Multiple swarms in the apiary appearing. Desirable boxes were placed near some of the swarms, hoping they will enter and set up shop. Time will tell if any of these develop in to productive apiary hives. 

A nice swarm on the ground went in to a nuc box yesterday. Today it was lifted off the ground and placed on a small chair. A quick peek inside showed lots of bees on a few frames in the nuc. Click on picture for a larger view.

A small swarm and its queen were spotted on the ground this morning. The queen was caged and the nuc placed near the bees and within a few minutes they all marched in. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

Swarm boxes high up on the side wall still attract swarms, this one moving in yesterday evening. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

Removal 234:

4/2/2024 – A small hive was removed from a water meter on Cypress Woods Drive in Naples.

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Removal 235:

4/4/2024 – A bird box on a tree that contained a hive was removed at Campbell Circle in North Naples.

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