I got a message Wednesday night that there were bees invading one of our area volunteer fire departments. I had known about these bees, but was waiting until later this summer once things had settled down to do a trap out. Apparently instead of using their normal entrance on the outside of the building several hundred bees had made their way inside.
It was dark and raining cats and dogs by the time I got off of work and made it to the firehouse. I am not sure exactly what happened. It is possible that the bees swarmed inside. The Chief had been there and from what he described there had been no cluster just disoriented bees flying all over.
Though it was raining there were bees packed right up to the entrance on the outside of the building. Three firemen were there checking out the scene. Just thinking out loud I told them that since the bees were packed right up to the edge in the pouring rain, odds were it was a pretty populous hive.
We were talking bee trivia and their methods of hive thermo-regulation came up. Out of the blue one of the firemen came up with a great idea. He retrieved their thermal camera and started pointing it at the wall. To all of our amazement it revealed a clear heat signature. This picture really doesn’t do it justice, but you can clearly see the lighter (hot) area versus the dark (cooler) outer border. The dark area was registering in the mid to high 70’s Fahrenheit while the white area was somewhere in the mid 80’s Fahrenheit. The hive extended down the wall way further than I would have imagined.
I have been formulating a plan to get them trapped out and will begin getting things together this weekend. I plan on taking a lot of pictures and will be keeping you up to date.
What are your trap out experiences?