Yesterday I started the process of trapping the bees out of the firehouse. I went to a friends wood-shop and after a couple of hours produced something similar to what Cleo Hogan from beesource.com has been using.
After all of the hardware was assembled I went to the firehouse and installed the new entrance to the hive. In the future I will refer to this piece as the flange. It basically functions as a tunnel for the bees to access the trap-out box (TOB). It was pretty cold yesterday morning and very few bees were coming and going from the entrance. I used a masonry bit to drill three small holes in the mortar between the concrete blocks. I then used three tapcon screws to affix the flange to the side of the building. It only took about twenty minutes.
Later in the evening I wanted to make sure everything was OK with the flange. I went back to check on things. It had warmed up a little during the day. The bees were outside the entrance as they had been on previous occasions. Now to get them into a box.
I have some finishing touches to put on the TOB today and will take pictures both before and after installation. It might get interesting. Some of the bees that came out to investigate bounced off my veil repeatedly. One followed me all the way to the car bouncing all the way. There were only a few, and it was cold and windy yesterday morning. I am not going to judge them as “mean” yet. None of the bees from my hives were out at that time and I know they would have acted similarly if I had been banging on their hives.
I have no clue what I am doing here so comments and questions are appreciated…….
Thanks to Jon for helping me build this contraption.