Gumption Trap

The Beekeep approaches the removal while all of his companions, fainting from hunger, looked on. The hum from the hive intensifies slightly, as the guard bees go on alert. The hot sun beats down on the unshaded heads of the travelers standing in the field. The beekeep sets his shoulders to the task, and beginsContinue reading “Gumption Trap”

We’re BACK!

For every bee removal job I complete, I provide some strongly worded suggestions about what the next steps need to be. After explaining that you DO NOT want me as your repair carpenter, I provide the following recommendation: “Bees tend to re-occupy, so return of another swarm to this location is likely, if additional actionsContinue reading “We’re BACK!”

Recent Arrival

“How long has the hive been there?” Whenever I am answering a request to do a honeybee hive removal for someone, I have a series of questions I ask.  Did you spray them?  How high are they?  Are they aggressive?  Are they getting inside? I just added the question above to my list, because theContinue reading “Recent Arrival”

The Beverly Carol – a B&B&B

It seems as though working at heights is my go-to job now.  Once again, I had a bee removal effort in Vicksburg, where the elevation of the job just gave me pause. The entrance to this hive at the Beverly Carol – a historic home in the downtown area of Vicksburg,  was high on theContinue reading “The Beverly Carol – a B&B&B”

Duff Green Removal, Part 2 (Or How I learned to avoid the sting and love the bomb.)

So most of the time, when I get a call to remove bees, it is because the bees have begun to migrate inside the house.Not this time. This was the second hive removal from Duff Green, and the one that I was most worried about.  With the first removal, I was able to stand, kneel,Continue reading “Duff Green Removal, Part 2 (Or How I learned to avoid the sting and love the bomb.)”

Taking, Pried In my Work, with a Stinging Postscript

Back at it. (If you just want to read about me getting stung repeatedly, skip to that part of the story at the bottom of the entry, under follow-up:) I was determined today to remove the eave bracket and get at the honeybees inside.  Suited up, grabbed the crowbar, and started crowbarring. The first partContinue reading “Taking, Pried In my Work, with a Stinging Postscript”

First Job – FAIL (for the moment)

Last Monday I set aside the time to remove the bees from Duff Green.  Quick in, quick out, two hives of bees to relocate. The result was awful. An unmitigated failure. The space is not enough to get the hydraulic lift in, said Harley.  But, she said, we have some really long ladders – 60′Continue reading “First Job – FAIL (for the moment)”

First Job of the Season

I feel a little rusty.  For a while last summer, I was doing honeybee hive removals pretty regularly, and I had my toolkit together, and knew what I needed to do, and in what order.  Each one presented new challenges, but I had the pieces covered. Now it has been months, and I have aContinue reading “First Job of the Season”

Late-Season Removal

The bees were pretty aggressive.  That was a change. The lift.  Bees were located betweenthe two windows on the right Several months ago, Mrs. Joyce Clingan called me and asked me to remove the bees that were in the corner of her home.  We had planned to schedule the removal to coincide with the fixingContinue reading “Late-Season Removal”

Choose your own adventure – Honeybees

If you choose to run out the front door, turn to page 23.If you go to the kitchen to investigate, turn to page 26. Was there ever anything better than those books?  I loved them.  In the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, you chose a path, and got to find out what the consequence of your choice was. Continue reading “Choose your own adventure – Honeybees”

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