Bee hive in hollow block wall. Can I get them to move?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by cutter, May 25, 2011.

  1. cutter

    cutter New Member

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    Hi, this is my first post here.

    There is a bee hive inside of an exterior hollow block wall of my house. The construction is called slump block, hollow bricks approximately 4h, 14w, 6d. I would like to get them into a box in my yard. I just purchased my home, a duplex, and the building inspector suggested I seal the opening! Not OK. I do not mind having them there, but the hive is on the rental side. I don't think tenants will feel the same way as I do. Also I am somewhat concerned with the possibility of damage to the wall.

    Any help or suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    First, honeybees do NO structural damage to wood or masonry.

    Second, to get them out, you must have a frame of eggs and larva to go in the catch hive before they will go to it. Can you find a local beek who will sell or give you a frame from one of his hives?

    Third, go here and read all the links and watch the video.

    viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1488

    Fourth, come back here and ask more questions. We will be glad to help.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Hello cutter and welcome to the forum :wave:

    A trap out is what you will want to do, just follow Iddee's advice as linked above.
     
  4. cutter

    cutter New Member

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    Thank you. I'm sure I could have found that info in the search, had I any idea what to look for. I will spend some time with the links you gave me. There is a local beekeeping supply. They have very irregular hours. If I can manage to to track them down I'm sure they will be able to help with any material needs.
    Can you recommend any books or online resources for a total novice? I have always liked bees and would love for this colony to be my intro to urban bee keeping.

    Thanks again.

    Cutter.
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I recommend the local library for books, "I'm stingy". :D
    This forum is full of hobbyist, part timers, and commercial beeks who are more than glad to help in any way they can.

    The local beeks and suppliers are a Godsend. Use them. Most are friendly and more than glad to help a new beek.
     
  6. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Welcome Cutter:
    As far as online resources, you have found a good one here. :mrgreen:
    Glad you found us.
    I have found that any of the questions I have posted here usually get answered quite fast. It is very personable and friendly here and folks like to help out.