A few weeks ago, I received an email from Jon Lambert. He was looking for someone to remove an established colony of bees that had been living in the roof of his house for approximately four years. Jon realized the importance of honeybees and was seeking a beekeeper to remove the colony instead of simply destroying it.
There are big advantages to finding a feral colony like this. Bees like this are usually well-adapted to the local climate, resistent to pests and diseases and obviously healthy enough to have survived for years without medication or treatment. The trouble with colonies like this is that they are usually difficult to access. To be quite honest, that is what deterred me from retrieving this colony. I didn’t want the hassle of deconstructing someone’s home to retrieve the bees. Luckily, I was able to find another beekeeper in the area who gladly helped Jon remove the bees. He was able to find and save the queen, and he also found a capped queen cell, so was able to make two strong colonies from this retrieval. Thanks to Jon and Shawn for making an awesome video of the rescue!
If you have honeybees on your property, and would like them removed, please contact me and I will do my best to help you out, or refer you to an experienced beekeeper who will be able to help.