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    Yesterday afternoon (Saturday) I got a call at about 5:30 pm. The voice on the other end of the phone was frantic. You could tell that she was really scared. The problem? Bees. I picked up my bee suit and equipment and headed on over. Got there at 6:30 pm (not a bad response time for a Saturday hug?) and sure enough, she had bees. Lots of bees. I did not use any sprays or insecticides until the wall cavity was cleaned out of as much comb that I could remove. I know that a lot of bees were killed in the process, but think that I was able to "save" quite a few.

    Here's a few pictures from last night (finished about 9:45). The walls were cinder block covered with stucco. The hive filled one vertical cell with the top being about ten feet off the ground and the bottom being about a foot off the ground.

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    I harvested some comb and honey with about half going to the home owner. Here's the rest.

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    I'll let the honey drain most of the day, maybe over night and then filter it. Fresh honey. Yummmmmmmm. I'll salvage some bees wax from the comb at some point.
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    Great find! That's quite a crack in the house..looks like some job security there.

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    Very interesting, So You responded for a "Saturday HUG"........and to get some "HONEY"......does Mrs. Crash Know....??????


    Mrs. Crash, "Where are you going, dinners nearly ready"?????

    Crash, "Well a lady just called, and requested a Saturday Hug, and said I could get a little Honey, if she could get some also".

    Mrs. Crash, Is she paying for this service"????

    Crash, "I would assume so, she got my number from a lady down the street, that uses my services regularly".

    Mrs. Crash, "I guess some women just have a thing for a man in a bee suit, will you be home for dinner"????

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    Nice, a little honey and wax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camp10 View Post
    Great find! That's quite a crack in the house..looks like some job security there.
    About half way through making that "crack" with my 3 lb hammer I figured I would get a 10 pounder on my next stop at the flea market.
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    Very cool ! Glad you didn't waste all the honey

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    About half way through making that "crack" with my 3 lb hammer I figured I would get a 10 pounder on my next stop at the flea market.
    Umm, I guess I should have looked a little better at the pictures. I assumed that the "crack" was found by the bees and became the hive. Wont a 10 pounder get heavy after a few swings overhead like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camp10 View Post
    Umm, I guess I should have looked a little better at the pictures. I assumed that the "crack" was found by the bees and became the hive. Wont a 10 pounder get heavy after a few swings overhead like that?
    Maybe, but wearing that heavy suit in 98 degree temps - I'll at least get the big holes started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sourdough View Post
    Very interesting, So You responded for a "Saturday HUG"........and to get some "HONEY"......does Mrs. Crash Know....??????


    Mrs. Crash, "Where are you going, dinners nearly ready"?????

    Crash, "Well a lady just called, and requested a Saturday Hug, and said I could get a little Honey, if she could get some also".

    Mrs. Crash, Is she paying for this service"????

    Crash, "I would assume so, she got my number from a lady down the street, that uses my services regularly".

    Mrs. Crash, "I guess some women just have a thing for a man in a bee suit, will you be home for dinner"????

    I did say hug didn't I? I wonder how many misplaced letters have caused marital strife.

    Husband that made a harmless typo: "Honest honey - I meant to put an h there instead of the g. The h is to go where the g is."

    Understanding wife: "Did you just tell me to go to he**?"
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    Sweet score!
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    The honey has drained through the collander. It has been strained through a strainer basket. The air bubbles are slowly rising to the top and by tommorrow it should not be so cloudy. Next it will be filtered through a finer mesh filter. After that - nothing left but the eating. Managed to get just under two and a half quarts of pure, fresh honey.

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    That's some good stuff. Those bees were just loaded with pollen!!

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    Looks good Crash!!

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    How to use Honey in place of regular sugar, http://www.pickyourown.org/Susbtitut...eyForSugar.htm

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    Okay, now I'm really confused. How is "honey" different than "sugar" and can a Saturday hug involve both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Okay, now I'm really confused. How is "honey" different than "sugar" and can a Saturday hug involve both?
    sugar comes from a plant, Honey comes from bees ,,,,, (never try to hug a bee!)
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    I would love to trade something for about a pound of that wax.. Keep me in mind!!
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    I finished the final filtering today. The red thingie is a canning funnel. The filter is one of those reusable coffee filters. This honey is a little "thinner" than what you get from a managed hive. Here's why - the bees fill the cells with the honey. That honey has a fairly high moisture content. When the moisture is lowered to a certain level, the cells are capped off, or sealed. In a managed hive, the boards that have the comb on it are removed when most of the cells are capped. A thin layer of the wax is removed with an uncapping tool (basically a heated knife) and the honey is extracted. In collecting from a feral hive, you get what you get - so many of the cells are uncapped. Since the moisture content is higher, the honey is thinner (it does filter easier).

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    Pretty neat, looks yummy.

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    Crash......Do you use heat at any point.....?

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