Natural Elimination/Move of Bees in House Walls

Hi to All - 

I have a problem with an old farm house that has some sort of opening into which a bee colony has called home as well.

I am really not wanting to simply kill the hive, as I know of the importance of bees, but I can't have them stay much longer as the colony/hive is growing in size.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to try to "encourage" the hive to move out without being destructive?



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ATPinCanada (author) 3 months ago

Well, the link suggested by Yonatan24 sent me along a merry pursuit in youtube land and came by a real great guy there — dfishman76 — who has his own channel and quite generously shares his experiences with bees. . . .

Curiously enough, he had a series of videos of his first — and initially not so successful — trapout of bees and eventual successful transfer/coaxing into a beehive! And all without pesticides, vacuums, and other assorted destructive approaches!

If interested, here's the start of his series that lead to the eventual transfer of an enormous and very productive beehive. . . .

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdb5AAcpem-11eSdL...

It's worth watching even if only curious of bees and their nature . . . .

Yonatan244 months ago

I watched this video a while ago, I believe the talks about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2PtFFuxWSE&t=205s

ATPinCanada (author)  Yonatan243 months ago

Tx! Here's what I posted. . . Tx to you. . . .

Well, the link suggested by Yonatan24 sent me along a merry pursuit in youtube land and came by a real great guy there — dfishman76 — who has his own channel and quite generously shares his experiences with bees. . . .

Curiously enough, he had a series of videos of his first — and initially not so successful — trapout of bees and eventual successful transfer/coaxing into a beehive! And all without pesticides, vacuums, and other assorted destructive approaches!

If interested, here's the start of his series that lead to the eventual transfer of an enormous and very productive beehive. . . .

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdb5AAcpem-11eSdL...

It's worth watching even if only curious of bees and their nature . . . .

Do you know Cody'sLab? He has quite a few intersting videos on bees too.

Contact a bee keeper, they would usually do this for free, but access to the hive might pose a problem if it's within the walls and difficult to reach. Either way an experienced bee keeper can tell you what your best options are.

as toga_dan said shop vacs don't work that well, I tried putting one on a tree with a bee hive and it never seem to suck any in and the ones it did were really dazed. Some people make metal mesh cones called "trapouts" to remove the bees. I hear the best way is to remove the comb from the walls and transfer it to a empty hive box. For more in depth help the bee source forum people are always very informative.

Alternatively, you could remove a section of the wall or whatever is covering the hive and replace it with plexiglass to make it an observation hive. Now that would be a great instructable!

Toga_Dan4 months ago

I know a beekeeper who vacummed his bees into a shop vac for transport. Then he was disappointed to se that there is a wall in the shop vac between the filter and the hose. All the bees had smacked into that at a right angle and died.

A beekeeper is probably the best option. Whether you diy or have someone do it, the wall probably needs to be openned. Otherwise, even if u move the bees, honey will remain. Bugs and mice will love that.

Downunder35m4 months ago

If they are not the wild and small variety but in fact look like normal honey bees then check the phonebook or social media for a beekeeper near you.
No clue where you are in the world but if winter is close then the problem might solve itself if it is wild bees.
Often the queen dies and a new queen seeks ou a new home and all workers follow.
But I admit chances are slim if the nest you got is quite big.

A beekeeper that you can send some close up images of the bees you have will be able to help quicklyand in the best possible way for the bees.
He might even a way to offer them a box to move in if the queen can be lured out and placed into it - or another queen without any workers that "steals" your bees.
Depending on the season in your area you might already have the next generation growing inside the nest.
In that case it might be required to open up a wall to get accees to the nest for removal and relocation - that is if you agree and still want the bees to survive.
And yes, if the bees are of any value then a good beekeeper often offers his service for free and takes the bees and all as payment home.