Bob’s Home-built Bee Vac
August 28, 2014 by solarbeez
August 21, 2014…Bob and Jeff unpack the newly built and untested bee vac.
To the left is the cover which is sporting a spiffy observation window. The screened inside box is lined up with the intake tube. Confidence is high.
Shop vac hooked up and plugged in, bee vac ready to go. Note the the size of the hose at 2 1/4″ or 5.7 cm. The bigger diameter means the bees won’t be tumbled as much.
We didn’t know how big the swarm was. Tim from the City Water Dept. had called to say there was a swarm of bees he had to get rid of. Jeff is taking precautions in approaching the area.
After some preliminary issues, the bee vac performed admirably, gently removing bees from the underside of the meter box lid.
It didn’t take long to suck up these bees, but there were more below ground level.
Getting the bees removed from behind the below-ground water meter box would have been very difficult without the use of Bob’s Bee Vac. You can see more in the video.
How did the bees come through the hose? Apparently very well.
Not a big swarm, but big enough to get a start on Jeff’s farm.
The transfer to Jeff’s hive took place the following day. The screened inner box is lifted out to be placed over Jeff’s open hive. On a quick inspection, no dead bees were found on the bottom of the box.
After removing some frames, the screened inner box is placed over Jeff’s (bee-less) hive.
Jeff pulls the bottom out so the bees can enter the hive.
Grass blocks the entrance for a couple of days to discourage absconding. Note: This hive is still flying in late February 2016.