[Bald Hills Forced Abscond]

 

Beehive Removal from Bald Hills, Brisbane

We were back at St Paul’s School recently for the first time in a while doing a forced abscond removal from a fig tree that we removed bees from three years ago.

This colony only moved in 2 days ago and the quick action taken to get us involved saved many hours work doing a trap-out over a period of weeks. Instead we were able to run the bees out of the cavity with some smoke and repellent and got the job done in a day.

This technique is only really successful in the first 48, maybe 72 hours after a swarm moves in when they haven’t setup home too much and can be persuaded that the spot they have chosen isn’t ideal. Once they have built comb and the queen starts laying it’s almost impossible to get them out this way.

It was amazing how quickly the queen came running out and once we had caged her we just had to wait for the rest of the colony to follow her into the catch box (with a bit more persuasion with the smoker).

If you watch closely you'll see the workers fanning to disperse their nasonov pheromone which is released to orient returning forager bees back to the colony.

The Nasonov gland is found on the tip of the abdomen of a honeybee. The worker bee will raise her abdomen into the air, fan her wings and open the gland releasing the nasonov pheromone indicting the entrance to the hive for the other workers, it is also sometimes released on near by flowers to guide workers to the spot. A synthetically produced Nasonov pheromone can be produced to lead a swarm of honeybees to an empty hive.

Thanks Renaye and St Paul’s School for calling us in to do this beehive removal and save these European honey bees.