Friday, June 25, 2010

Removing Bees From a Floor Space In a Two Story House

The bees were going in where the balcony attached to the 2nd floor. We opened the soffit and removed half of the nest.

In order to reach the rest of the nest we had to go
through the floor of the second story.

We pulled the carpet back, cut the plywood flooring, and removed the rest of the comb.

We stuffed the space with insulation, put the flooring and carpeting back down.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Removing Bees from a Stucco Arch Entry Way.

This is a typical Florida home with an entry way made with block and topped off with a plywood and stucco finished box above the block. Some homes have an arch made of plywood and others just a straight column look. The area above the block is hollow. In this case the spot where the roof and gutter met became deteriorated due to standing water in the gutter. This gave the bees a small entry hole into the wall.

Here you see bees entering the hole by the gutter. Someone had tried to fill the hole with expanding foam, but the bees just chewed right through it.

After determining the bees were in the wall, the stucco and plywood were cut to gain access to the bees and comb. The bees were captured in our vacuum box for later transfer to a regular bee hive box.
Here you see the cut out section of the wall.
Here you see a close up of the comb the bees had built in the wall space.

The comb was cleaned out and the void was stuffed with insulation to make sure there was no vacancy for future bees. The hole the bees were using was covered with screen from the inside and the stucco and plywood were reattached.

After replacing the cutout, the cut lines were filled with stucco patch and finished to match the texture of the rest of the wall. Once painted the wall will look as good as new. Without bees inside.