Removal and relocation

This was a mid-summer removal  just north of Abita Springs in 2017. The bees were taking  up about 3 feet of the rafter bay, however it required removing a lot of boards to get to them.  It was worth the extra work  because by removing the full tongue and groove boards the bees were quite exposed for removal and the wood was able to be reused. As of spring 2019 these girls are going strong. As for their name the home owner asked if they could be named after his late wife. So the sweetness of Margie lives on.

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Here is another prime example of why whole boards should be remove from the structure when possible. This house has fairly old board and bat which was hand nailed. The boards were nearly 20' long with years of aging on them, I am not even sure if new boards of this size can still be purchased. Cutting the board near where the bees entrance also would have been difficult to determine how high and low to cut the board as the entrance turned out to be near the center of the hive with just as much comb above as below the entrance hole. By removing the whole board it was easy to restore the home by simply nailing the board back in place.

Prevention

Here is an example of what a swarm box attached to a home may look like.  Unfortunately  many  times if you have bees removed from a home another colony will try to move in where the former was located if the home is not properly repaired afterwards. Often people over look the small gaps and holes in overhangs and the bees preferred   entrance is less than a 1.5" hole, and they will often move in through a hole that your finger will not fit through.

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