Costa Mesa Bee Rescue

The entrance to the old hive.

Just got home from an exciting morning of rescuing bees. This particular colony had taken up residence under a Tuff Shed in Laura’s Costa Mesa backyard.

Laura’s yard was a wonderful place to work. She is a teacher at a Waldorf school and the yard reflected that. There was an array of wonderful fruit trees, an organic garden, and a tree house. Also, she makes hand-crafted beeswax candles and she gave me one in appreciation for rescuing her bees! Thank you Laura :)

The bees had to be removed because one of Laura’s sons got stung and found out he was very allergic. I was very happy that she decided to have her bees rescued instead of destroyed.

The cavity where the old hive was.

The bees had dug an entrance through the dirt under the metal base of the shed. The only way to relocate the bees was to cut out part of the floor inside the shed and remove the bees from there.

I smoked the bees a bit while preparing my equipment. I then sawed a rectangle through the 1-inch wood flooring and removed that panel which had much comb (and bees!) hanging from it. They were quite a friendly colony and didn’t give any problems whatsoever.

The cut-out comb.

I tied much of the brood comb and a bit of honey comb into the frames and inserted them into the nuc box.

Eventually the bees realized that the nuc box was their new home and started migrating there en masse. That is a good sign and hopefully the queen made it in there.

I cleaned out all the old comb and sprayed vinegar water to deter bees from moving back. I picked up the nuc at night which is the time that bees “roost” and are very calm, sticking together to keep warm. I dropped them off at my bee yard and they seem to be doing very well so far b”H.

Well, it was an exhausting day but b”H a success. There is so much to learn from the bees.

The shulchan aruch :)

This is a cardboard nuc box, the bees' temporary home.

Laura, the bees, and me.