We all had our specific jobs during the removal. Pearl's job was to eat handfuls of gravel and not cry while I took pictures of the bees.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
One Beekeeper, Two Tiny Assistants, Three Hives and Only Four Stings!
A few weeks ago we received two requests from Los Osos (a small town in California) to remove hives. Hive removal is much different than swarm removal. A hive of bees is one that has settled down and made a home somewhere. A swarm of bees is a big old ball of bees looking for a new home. Swarms of bees are gentle and mellow and easy to relocate, but removing a hive of bees can be dangerous. We asked for $50 for the price of a new bee box for each hive we would be taking home. The two parties agreed saying, "We really didn't want to hire pest control to kill the bees." How cool is that? Glenn made arrangements to collect the bees on a Thursday evening. We started at the dump in Los Osos where hives of bees like to make homes in gas wells. Gas Well 11 contained a small, weak hive.
dirty sticky work.