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Bee swarms in late autumn are not unheard at @hinterlandbees. After all, on the Sunshine Coast, our winters are pretty mild, and the paper-bark tea trees can provide a bountiful nectar flow in many areas. Often ample incoming resources can trigger swarming in bee colonies.
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This bee colony moved into a rather typical location, between the joists of the ceiling space between to upper and lower floors. It had been present for about six weeks and had gone entirely unnoticed by the residents who had been away for about a month of the time that the bees had been there.
Winter is not an ideal time to do beehive removals because cold weather can be detrimental to colony health, and chilled brood can quickly die. We, therefore, need to be careful to take all steps necessary to make sure the brood comb, once removed, is kept warm. 🐝
We also leave as many bees as possible on the brood comb, store the brood comb in a warm and reuniting the vacuumed bees with the queen and the rest of the colony, as quickly as possible while not exposing them to the cold evening air. 🐝
Fortunately, our bee-vacuum catch-box can attach directly to the hive body containing the queen and brood and a trap door, once removed, allows the vacuumed bees to move up and cover the brood combs without any bees escaping.
Thank you, John, for calling us to #savethebees
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