Removing bees

We have a very large trees that we need to cut down due to dead branches threatening one cottage, our water tank and stand as well as the new fence. One of the tree experts who came to look said the tree is dying slowly. It is hollow in the middle and houses a hive of bees. The previous owners had tried to seal the bees entrance with putty to kill them off but they broke through thank goodness.  We got our friend Giel in to remove and relocate the hive.

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Firstly he got dressed in his bee suit

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Then he got his smoker burning. He uses pine needles to make the smoke.

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This is the entrance to the hive. Giel used a chain saw to widen the opening so that he could start smoking out the bees.

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As he added smoke the bees started coming out of the hive and congregated on a branch just above his head

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These bees were then captured in a bag and taken to their new home a few km’s away. Giel then removed a wheel barrow full of honey comb. Some were very, very old. I managed to get a few bits of comb to harvest some honey for us. The rest of the wax was taken to get processed for new hive panels.

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I am glad we were able to move the majority of the bees and there was no need to kill any before we remove the tree.

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