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Offline 1657sandiego

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Straggler Bee Question
« on: May 08, 2017, 01:23:52 pm »
We had a bee removal person come to our house about two weeks ago. He removed some bees from the exterior wall of our house. He left with a big bucket of bees, so I assume he got the queen. He said there would be straggler bees, and he would come to pick them up if we called. There are still at least 30 - 50 buzzing around in the area where the nest was removed. Unfortunately he is not returning our requests for additional help. Is it possible for the leftover bees to last this long? Not sure if he didnt do a complete job or if new bees moved in. Do you suggest I have someone else come in or wait a bit more.

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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2017, 01:28:51 pm »
If there are bees still around, he either didn't get the queen or a new swarm has taken up residence.
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Offline 1657sandiego

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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 03:42:25 pm »
Thanks...that was my suspicion.  :sad:

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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 08:33:59 pm »
I disagree. 30-50 bees are stragglers. He did a good job. Just spray the stragglers or wait a few more days. They may just be bees from a neighboring hive cleaning up the dropped honey. If a new swarm had come in, there would be thousands.
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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 09:02:07 pm »
Welcome 1657sandiego. :happy:

I tend to agree with Iddee.  There could have been that many that stayed out all night or was just foraging when the colony was removed.  As long as the entrance was sealed properly the bees can't get in.

Offline Sniper338

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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 12:28:44 am »
Many bees are gone foraging when the hive is removed and come back to no home.  They leave after a few days

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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2017, 01:08:33 pm »
What Iddee said.
I moved my hives 2 weeks ago and the stragglers moved into a swarm trap. There were so many of them that they started adding honey to the drawn frame. They covered a third of it. There was no brood in there so I added a frame of bees and eggs on Sunday to let them build their own.
Yesterday I got a call and picked up 2 swarms so I added the smaller one to this box to really give them a boost start.
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Re: Straggler Bee Question
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 01:59:05 pm »
I am in the same boat as Jim....if there is a big enough cluster of stragglers give em a frame of eggs and let em make their own new royalty. But 30-50 bees isn't anything to worry about.
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