Friday, June 5, 2009

Repost from the Wordpress blog - for posterity :)

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Last Tuesday, I came back from lunch to my boss anxiously awaiting my return. "Hello, Beekeeper!" he said. "We have a problem, one of the profs has a swarm of honeybees on her car." Long story short, I was able to call James from the Santa Cruz Beekeeping Guild to help, as I'm a brand new beekeeper and didn't know where to start.

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Ever seen 'Wallace and Grommit', the full-length motion picture? They are garden pest (well, rabbits mainly) 'exterminators,' when in fact they don't exterminate any of them but in fact suck them up via a 'Bun Vac' and bring them home. :) That's exactly what happened here. James used a shop vac hooked up to a bee cage, called the 'Bee Vac'. He vacuumed as many as he could into the cage, and later took them home to his hives.

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Later he smoked the places where the bees had congregated (the belief was that this swarm had been flying for a few days now, and the Queen decided to have a look in the back of this car as a potential new hive. Eek!

Anyway, all is well now, with the swarm and with the nerves of the poor owner of the car. And yesterday, she gave us a box of great pastries from the Buttery to thank us!

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