We were contracted to remove this honey bee colony from a townhome. This colony had swarmed into the structure where there obviously had been two huge hornets nest at one time. They were both still in the floor joist, but not active. I initially thought that this colony would be in the outside wall cavity of the balcony, but after running an infrared thermal camera on the interior walls, floors, and ceilings there heat source had them in the floor joist. The framing of the floor joist had a direct path to the exterior wall and had no insulation in that path. Naturally, the scout bees thought this would be an ideal location.
After sealing off the interior kitchen/work area and tarping the floor we proceeded to cut into the sheetrock ceiling. Once the entire colony was exposed we carefully began the removal and relocation process. This colony had been busy for the four weeks they occupied this cavity. They had drawn out about nine beeswax combs, and they were all filled with pollen, bee bread, nectar, and brood. Unfortunately, after removing this colony we noticed some water damage from a very small hole in the wood. The homeowner was very appreciative of having the colony relocated, but not so happy about finding this water damage. However, it is better to find out about it now before more damage is created or he falls through the floor.