I have joined this forum in the hope of getting (or being put) in touch with someone who can do a “trap-out” of a wild bee colony inside a besser block wall on my neighbour’s property. The wall faces directly onto our property. The colony has been there at least since October last year. It does not bother us, but it is probably not great as one of our kids’ best friends has an allergy, etc. My neighbour is very keen to get rid of them but is also a very determined DIY kind of guy and does not want to pay someone to do it.
I have personally seen him spraying the cavity/entrance with a Karcher high-pressure gun in an effort to move them on. He has also sprayed around the entrance with expanding foam filler (leaving a much smaller space). None of his efforts have worked. He says he has contacted 3 “beekeepers” (no idea who), but for various reasons it has not worked out. For example, one told him that the wall would need to be cut out in order to remove the bees, which he does not want.
I contacted a couple of people: one by email and one by voicemail. Neither responded.
My neighbour is now considering killing them with over-the-counter insecticide (no idea which). My sense is that he is going to do this sooner rather than later.
I have read some articles and seen a couple of YouTube videos about “trapping-out” bees. If I have understood this procedure correctly, it appears to be the only solution that would be acceptable to my neighbour (notwithstanding the cost) as it would not involve cutting through wall.
The Beekeepers’ Society of SA website says,
“…if your swarm is located in a chimney or wall cavity, it is most likely that a pest control operation may need to be called. This may mean that the bees will need to be killed…”
I am not a beekeeper and have no real knowledge of this field. However, I am a keen gardener, and I really love bees. It would really be awful if these bees end up dying just because I didn’t try to sort this out.
Could anyone please advise as to who might be able to help?
I am afraid I don’t know about the economics of the bee-keeping/honey/trapping industry, but it seems to me that hives have value, and a suitably trained and experienced person could get a free hive/honey/etc if they were willing to set up a trap-out system. I (and I assume my neighbour, who is very handy) would be more than willing to help in whatever capacity we could. Anyway, can anyone recommend a person who would be willing to help out?
I am not doing this for any personal gain; I would just hate it if these bees were killed if it could have been prevented.
I completely understand that people make a living from this industry, and may not want to offer advice/services for free. If I have come to the wrong place, and you know of an organisation that would be better able to help, please let me know.
The colony is in Parkside, SA. Hive entrance is easily accessible - about 2 metres from ground on an east-facing wall. Hole is roughly oval-shaped: 80mm x 50mm, and directly next to an air-conditioning conduit. Other than this, there are no real obstructions, and accessing the hole looks relatively straightforward to me.
I would be happy to provide more information if necessary.
Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide. I really appreciate it.