Lots of bees were discovered in the upper walls of a couple of our campus dorms. The more our facilities people poked around, the more amazed they became when they saw the extent of the hives and honey combs. Rather than call an exterminator and kill the bees, they made the decision to bring in a bee-keeper to remove the bees safely and take them to the country. Yesterday two bee-keepers arrived and proceeded to cut rectangular holes in several dorm rooms to reach the bees.
They use a bee vac to gently suck the bees from the wall into a container. A bee vac! We were amazed.
And here is what the men were removing
Several layers of bright white new honey combs filled with honey made from the campus locust trees. The bee-keepers did a walk around the campus before removing the bees to see just what blossoms were open and found that the locust trees were the only ones. According to the two men, Locust trees make the best honey, sweet, clear and pure. Each of the sections of honey comb were carefully removed and placed in a screen covered frame. A few honey combs were removed with the bees still inside which would enable the honey making to continue when they got to their new homes. The other bees would be set free to go to work in rural Warrenton.
We were offered small pieces of the new honey comb to taste and it was amazing.
It's so heartening that we have campus people who look to save and relocate things rather than the easy kill option. The same has been true for using fallen trees for lumber and old plant life, cooking scraps and coffee grounds for making usable compost. These bee keepers were amazing to watch.