Honeybee swarm collection:
Honeybee swarm hanging from tree limb
The swarm of honeybees hangs
from a tree limb, in a bush or sometimes on the outside of a building. It
can be as big as a basketball or as small as a baseball. This is how
honeybees make a new colony. The swarm comes from a parent colony (within
three miles), whether it is a beekeeper’s hive or a feral colony. If this is
what you have then you need to call your County Extension Office and get the
name of a beekeeper to come collect the swarm. Most beekeepers will do this
for free or a small fee for their gas and time. I collect honeybee swarms in
and around Canton Georgia.
What if no one collects the swarm? Then they are going to find a new home, maybe a hollow tree, an old tire or in someone’s house. They have been found in all kinds of places but prefer the buildings that people build like your house. If there is a hole big enough to put a pencil in with a cavity behind it, then they will make it their home. This is why it is important to report swarms and get them collected before they move in to someone's house.
Honeybees making their home in houses is a growing problem as more people move to the country. If this happens you need an expert to get them out for you. Someone inexperienced can do unnecessary damage to your house. That’s where I come in. I’ve been a beekeeper and removing bees since 1994 and a carpenter since 1969. With my knowledge of construction, I can gain access to the bees with little or no damage to your home. I remove the bees alive and move them to the farm where we put them into standard hives. It takes about two years and about $200 of supplies to make the colony into a productive hive.
The removal of honey bees from buildings can be costly. Our starting price for a turn key job is $500.
You may see a few hundred bees on the side of your house, as above
When inside the wall we find 60,000 to 100,000 bees
Between joist in a floor system
Here the bees found a small hole where the gable soffit meets with a rock chimney
Outside entering through a small hole in the brick mortar and the windowsill
What we found inside the house under the above window
This is a rather large colony in a counter levered floor system
We also find them in hollow porch posts
In all cases the infestation could have been prevented by the use of a little caulking and or carpentry.
If you have honeybees in your
home, you live in North Georgia and would like an estimate on removing your
give me a call at 770-776-6094
Bee experts ‑relocate hive from Canton City Hall
By Heather Lockwood
FEATURES WRITER FOR LEDGER
A colony of honeybees was humanely removed from Canton City Hall last Saturday and has now taken up residence in the Union Hill area.
Terry and Jeannie Ross of Canton were called in by the city due to their experience in beekeeping and removal. It was no small task because of the location of the hive, between floor boards in an upstairs room. Fortunately, Terry Ross is also experienced in construction and could saw an access hole and then refill it, said his wife, Jeannie.
Attempts by an exterminator to remove the bees last year failed,” said City Clerk Diane Threewit, but removal was necessary because the bees were swarming around the employee break area outside.
The Rosses had high hopes for the hive because 90 percent of all wild bees have been wiped out by a deadly mite, leaving only domesticated bees that have to be treated with antibiotics.
“Usually if they can make it in the wild for a few years, they might be resistant to the mites," said Terry.
Sadly, it appears the queen had already swarmed to a new home and the eggs left to produce a new queen probably will not live, he said.
The remaining worker and drone bees will not be left with‑out a leader, though
“We can still make a new queen and introduce it to the hive,” said Jeannie.
The Rosses have only been involved in beekeeping a few years, after a visit to a Cherokee Beekeepers Club meeting. Today, they have about 30 hives on their farm in the Union Hill area where they produce honey. “In the spring, when bees swarm, they get many calls a week to remove the little creatures.
“We decided to make it our retirement business," she said.
The couple also has an observation hive used in local schools for education through the Cherokee County Extension Service and 4‑H Club.
"We're trying to promote it for younger people," said Jeannie. "Most people equate bees with yellow jackets and hornets, but bees are not aggressive.”
In fact, honey bees are vital to agriculture and gardening because they pollinate the plants. Their raw honey can also be eaten to reduce spring allergies, she said. The ancient Greeks actually carried honey to use as an antiseptic for wounds because it is naturally sterile.
"Today, most beekeepers are elderly," said Jeannie. "We want to get students involved in beekeeping because honey bees are vital to our food supply."
To get more information on the Cherokee Beekeepers Club, call the Extension Service at 770‑479‑0419.
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