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Hi. Please tell us where (in what town) the swarm is located.
You have to requeen or get ride off the hive — either by killing it or simply give it away to another beekeeper.
LA bees are industrious but often are very defensive (let’s refrain to use the word aggressive). I recommend getting a suit from ultrabreezesuits.com as well as short gaiters.
Before I pay you a visit, I have a bunch of easy but crucial questions:
Can you tell us more about your property location? Beach? Downtown? Residential?
Is it next to a school?
Did you ask your direct neighbors?
Do your direct neighbors have kids? Or pets? Or a swimming pool?
Are the utilities (gaz, electricity) in that part of the property?
Is there an easy access from the street? (so we don’t have to go through the house each time)
Do you want to simply host the bees and that’s it?
Do you expect some honey in exchange?
Are you planning to be a beekeeper and learning in the process?
As one of my mentors put it, “SHB and wax moths are not the issue, they are the symptom.”
It means the hive is weak or too small to handle the pest.
I would refrain to use any chemicals, anywhere.
Instead it is recommended to give less space for the bees.
Remove that empty super. You’ll put it back in the fall.
If the second super is not fully used, you may need to remove it as well.
Another option would be to add more bees. Grab a swarm, remove the queen and add it to the colony. [ Warning: if your colony already has mites, it’s ok. If you have a low mite count, then do NOT add a swarm. ]
You can also use a SHB trap with olive oil. Check youtube, there are several type of traps.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Karim Sahli.
Good to know.
Thank you for reaching out!
How many hives would you want to host?
Looks like it’s a job for… the Fist Man Of Culver City!
I’ll be happy to help. I am on Lafayette Pl.
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Save the bees.
Get the equipment.
Read the book.
Get a mentor.
Looks like the beginning of a queen cell to me.
It’s strange they are building one at such early stage. Check if the queen is still around.
Your offer is interesting (I like the part time aspect of it).
However I am sorry to say that I can’t even contemplate the idea because the hourly rate is too low. I live in Culver City (LA Westside) and cost of living imposes on ut to get at the very least $27/h.
Because urban beekeeping is developing exponentially, the demand for experienced beekeepers is very high. Most beekeepers offering maintenance services are charging $80/h + expenses.
Hope this help.
- This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by Karim Sahli.
It’s a very easy job.
Where are you located? Westside? Do want to keep the bees? If yes, do you have a mentor?September 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm in reply to: From "Honey Bee Suite"—a good explanation for placing seed bombs #9891
Good one. Thanks for sharing.
I left you a message.
My bees are fairly nice. If I mind my own business, they mind theirs and I can be around without protection. You know about the true nature of a hive only one or two years later when it reaches a bigger size.
I have two hives in my veggie gardens. My kids can safely stay two feet away from the hives if they are not in the fly path (think airplanes leaving and landing LAX).
When in the path axis, I am usually 15 to 20 ft away so they do not bump into me.
In other words, the orientation of the hive is key.
But before getting a hive, I would recommend you to ask your direct neighbors and make sure it’s ok with them.
If you have a high green barrier between the have and them, they should be ok.
Welcome in the beekeeping world.
- This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by Karim Sahli.
Beekeeping is fun.
Where are you located?