This is some thing I stopped doing after the second one I did. Just to much of a royal PIA laying down the tarps and tape so it doesn't move. People should realize that honey is sticky and not always capped at this time of year. Proplis is also sticky we call it bee glue and is hard to get off stuff.
A week ago I get a call from a fellow who wanted me to remove bees from his house that was partly built. I told him I would take a look and let him know if it was some thing I wanted to do. The house is one of those Geo homes where they put up foam blocks and spray concrete inside and out with rerod and water heat pipes imbedded in side.
The fellow had a good start on the house and his work transferred him to another state 7 years ago and he recently retired so wants to get back to work finishing the place.
The bees found a tiny entrance hole about 20 feet up where a door is going to be. They have been there about 3 years from what I know about bees and the comb. Since no one is living in the house and I could do the job from out side I told him I would do it. Whew is this ever turning into a major job that is wearing me out. Since they are so high up I am working off a ladder hanging on and holding 25 feet of vacuum hose to remove all the bees I can. then I cut up sections of the comb that has brood and eggs in it carry it down the ladder to rubber band into frames. That is a lot of climbing. First day it started sprinkling after 4 plus hours of work so we stopped for the day. Rained so hard on the way home the wipers barely kept up with it and lots of people were pulled off the road.
Second day yesterday after about 3 1/2 hours the thunder and lighting was cracking so close I felt the vibes in the ladder. Not wanting to be a lighting rod on a alum ladder we again pack it in for the day.
I have removed 15 frames of eggs and brood so far. there were at least 10 capped queen cells I removed also many cells that were in different stages of development. I think they were getting set to swarm as I found eggs which hatch in 3 days.
I have got 5 5 gallon pails of comb with uncapped honey along with empty cells. I expect to get at least 3 more pails.
Wax is good I get $5.00 a pound for it.
Not Going to go work on it today as they are once again forecasting rain. that will be rain for 5 days in a row. Sunday is supposed to be according to this mornings weather report be clear.
Pictures in the future since it is so high that is about all Kare can do is take pictures, feed me energy bars and keep water handy. Gid I mention it is hot and humid in Michigan in July and worst when the storms keep rolling in daily.