On this video I am going way back into the early part of the year, May 26th to be exact, when I did a removal in Slidell, La. and on this removal you are going to be introduce to a new face to Team Abbee Honey, Bubba Smith. Bubba and I are in the same bee club, The River Region Bee Club in Covington, La. and he was very interested in tagging along on a few of my removal/relocation jobs so as to pick up a few more tricks of the trade. He had done a few removals on his own, and was wanting to learn more , so I gladly accepted his offer of helping out. This was the second removal/relocation Bubba and I worked together, but unfortunately, I never recorded the first one. However, because the first one we did together went so smooth, in and out in under 3 hours with bees and queen in tote, I had no doubts about future collaborations.
As you will see for yourself, the bees had decided to take up residence between the first and second story of the home. Steve, the homeowner, in desperation tried sealing the bees inside the house using spray foam insulation hoping to put to an end the bees. Well, less than 24 hours later, the bees were coming and going like nothing had happened. It was at that point I was contacted.
The bees were removed from the interior of the home by cutting the sub floor and exposing the hive. It was fairly new, maybe 2 months old judging on the newness of all of the comb, and the bees were healthy with lots of brood and honey stores in the comb. In the end, we did not capture the queen in a cage, but she was vacuumed and the bees and comb went home with Bubba. Presently, the bees are doing well in his bee yard, and he is looking forward to splitting them in the Spring.
As this video was shot in May, and we were still in swarm season, the trailer on this video shows 2 swarms coming into some traps I had set up behind the honey house, pretty exciting stuff. But just to let you know, the swarm nearest to the door stayed, and the one furthest from it left the following day. So, without further delay, get ready to meet Bubba, and experience yet another bee wrangling adventure. God's peace to all. Mr. Ed