Bee Vacume

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Project by Steely posted 07-30-2010 01:12 AM 2161 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a few pics of the new bee vacume I made for my sister who is a bee keeper. It uses a small shop vac attached to one side and a hose on the other, there is an opening that has a sliding peice over it to control the amount of suction. One side is plexiglass so you can see the bees going in. She has had quite a few call this year with the temps being so high and the bees swarming. The last pic is the old one I made her she is sucking the bees out of my father-in-laws shed.

-- Steely, Lakeland ,FL

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 01:37 AM

I think that is cool!!! beter than spraying them with chemicals. Thanks for the post.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 04:21 PM

This is perfect timing. My wife and I are talking about starting bees and I have permission to gather a group in a neighboring shed. Thanks for the post!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 12:51 AM

Steely: This is a really nice setup. I would suggest a couple changes though. Usually bee vac boxes are made of 2 boxes. One inside which is mostly screen, and then an outside box. The reason is because even if you lower the vac, sometimes the screen can clogg with bees stuck to it by suction. You may be able to build a cone to place over the inside screen and thereby increase the likelihood that bees will clog. However, from your last pic, it looks like everything worked just fine.

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