Hive In A House

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        In August of 2008 two SRV beekeepers  removed a hive of bees from a house in Monroeville.  The bees found a hole in a window frame on the second floor to enter.  The queen developed a hive for at least three years in a 24 inch stud space.  Two sheets of comb went from underneath the second story window down to just above the baseboard at the bottom of a stairs on the first floor.  The comb and bees were removed from inside the house by cutting out the plaster, wood lath and each horizontal 14 inch board that was nailed to the studs.  The comb was cut the size of a normal frame and then rubber-banded into the brood frames.  Four hive bodies were filled with the "cut comb."  The length of the hive was over eight feet long as shown in one of the pictures. The remaining bees were collected at night with a bee vac on three other nights.  Finally, the upstairs floor and the kitchen were cleaned and floor scrubbed even though plastic was used to protect the floors. The hole in the window frame was caulked shut so a new swarm could not enter.  Below are some of the pictures.

The brood nest is shown below.                                            .  The Window on the 2nd. floor.

                                                          The stud space as seen from the kitchen.

   The bottom of the comb in the wall is shown here.  The tape shows it was a little over eight feet.

                  The kitchen  with hive and bee vac.  

    Several pounds of bees were  removed by the vac.


       One of the hives after it was removed from the house.