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So you suck through the wooden hive and hopefully they take residence there? How exactly does this work?

-Brian
 

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brave man. hope it works, cool project!
 

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So you draw the bees out of the tree trunk with the shopvac then reverse the hose position and deposit them into the hive yes? Doesn't the "ride" the bees take injure them with the force of the air - or hitting the inside of the shopvac?
 

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Looks like a safe way to get bees. How do you know you got the queen?
 

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The two dark green boxes are actual hive bodies or "deeps". The shop vac creates a vacuum inside the deeps thru the top, you can control the amount of suction with the little square door in front of the shop vac connection. If you don't adjust the suction, it will kill the bees. There is a screen on the underside of the top that prevents the bees from going into the vacuum. The hose you would use to suck up the bees connects to the hole in the bottom, there is a ramp on the bottom to ease the bees into the hive after they get sucked in. Once you suck in all the bees, you pull out the bottom hose, stuff a rag in it and shut off the vacuum. The deeps are the bees new home, move them to your bee yard, the top slides off for ventilation. Just keep them from getting rained on! After a day, move the boxes onto an actual hive bottom board, put a feeder and top on and you are sort of done. Hopefully you got the queen too, if you didn't, then there are some other things you have to do. There is one more piece that I need to finish, but I ran out of #8 hardware cloth (which is surprisingly hard to find). That is a separator which allows you to pull the top of the vacuum off without letting the bees out. That way you can get the wax out of the tree with all the eggs and larvae, tie them into frames, and reintroduce them to the hive. Should be fun!
 

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Looks like you have all your bases covered. I always wondered how I could use a vacuum without killing the hard to reach bee swarms, thanks to your post I now have a much better idea how to go about it. Thanks for posting.
 

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I will look into this idea, many swarms are killed due to hard to reach places in houses etc. and thus killed.
how far to you need to move from the original site. 5km? or they will return. The African bee is a bit more aggressive.
 
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