September 14, 2018/From the Hive

The Sprinkler Box Crew

This is the second time I have relocated a honey bee colony that thought the sprinkler control valve box would be a great location. This one was on the UCCS campus, and I was connected to it by way of a fellow member of Pikes Peak Beekeeper’s Association. It must have been a fairly small swarm for the […]

August 31, 2018/From the Hive

Late August Swarm

I normally get a few calls in August to collect swarms, but this one was August 29, 2018. By far the latest into August I have collected a swarm. This particular one decided to hang out under the second story eave of a hotel. According to Jim, he noticed a golf ball size of bees on the wall […]

August 17, 2018/From the Hive

The Trashy Bee Crew;)

The conversation over the phone with this home owner was quite interesting. Initially, she saw bees entering/exiting from her trash can and thought it was because she threw away some old frozen fruit into it. This sounded feasible because honey bees are naturally drawn to sugars, and can smell them from miles away through there antennas. I am not […]

August 15, 2018/From the Hive

The Shed Crew

According to the homeowner, this colony had been living in his shed for about three years. They were not a problem to him once he moved all of the items he wanted access to out of this shed and put them into the adjacent shed on the premises. As the colony expanded its comb into the entire front wall of the cavity, the number […]

May 22, 2018/From the Hive

Glenrock Drive Crew

According to the homeowner this colony was on its second year of surviving in their structure. He also noted that bears had been ripping on the outside of the house in hopes of infiltrating the structure to indulge in honey comb and bee larvae. Notice the large deep pieces of the siding clawed on by bears on the front right side of the […]

May 16, 2018/From the Hive

Del Paz Crew

The Del Paz Crew was the first relocation of the season. The homeowner said that there had been honey bees in her stucco fence for at least four years. However, I am not certain if it was the same colony over the years based upon the newly drawn out beeswax in the bottom, but it is possible. This crew […]

March 9, 2018/From the Hive

State of The Hives 2018

Only eleven days until Spring! This Winter in CO has been the driest and warmest I have been around to witness. Hopefully, the weather pattern will change, but currently the extended forecast looks like much of the same. What I don’t want to happen this year is for everything to start blooming and a Spring storm brings in […]

August 28, 2017/From the Hive

Carla’s Crew

Carla contacted me when she noticed that a swarm of honey bees had taken up residence in her soffit. Since it had only been two days since their arrival, I assumed that they would have little to no comb built. Therefore, when Jesus and I arrived and dismantled the rear soffit and saw a mass of bees, we assumed that […]

August 21, 2017/From the Hive

Oakridge Lane Crew

Much to my surprise I came across another Open Air Hive this year. When the homeowners called and reported that they had a swarm underneath their soffit, I asked them to send me a picture. The picture that they sent was definitely a swarm of honey bees hanging from under their soffit. When I arrived and began using a specialized bee vacuum […]