SO, my parents have a beautiful house with a little lake at the back of their property. Right outside of the kitchen is a nice little screened porch that I very often find them on summer nights, reading a book, hanging out with friends, and staring lovingly into each others' eyes - you know, as parents do.
Well, I kindof ripped apart the ceiling last week...
Sorry, all iphone photos, but you GET the idea. Also hats off to Madre for taking the photos!
WELL, what the bees were doing was finding a new home. What happened was, the bees decided that the hive was too small for them and they needed to find a new home for half the colony. This is called a Swarm: when half the hive and the queen leave and find a new home, leaving behind some queen cells to keep the hive going.
So, about 10,000 bees and a queen needed a new home, and I was in Brazil. Half of me hoped they were just kidding and would find their way back. The other half WISHED they found a nice tree to hive in, ya know, one low to the ground or something equally convenient.
I have seen hive removals done before and felt I could do it just fine, but I have been told MANY times to have a professional around your first time. So, I called Randy the Beekeeper who came over the next day to help me tear it down.
Since we didn't have another full hive on hand yet I borrowed some boxes from my other hive. I stapled plastic to the bottom so if any wax/honey fell out when we move it the bees could still eat it (we didn't have a spare bottom board).
Oh yeah, and we also found a hornet nest when we ripped the ceiling down! So Randy took a bag and a bucket and got rid of that, casually.
That next weekend I went back and we moved the hive box down next to the other box, so they can be besties. We cleaned up the porch and collected any stragglers and brought those down too. Then we sealed up the porch and a week later we are bee free!