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Honey bees in old tractor gas tank
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Robert in Md.    Posted 06-05-2002 at 13:49:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend purchased a Super A with a honeybee hive in the gas tank. I'm trying to get the bee out and into a hive. Any ideas. I've made a frame to fit the tank and cut a hole in the bottom of a hive box and placed this over the filler cap opening. Some of the bees have moved up into the hive box and started laying brood. I would like to somehow get the rest of the bees to move up into the hive box. The friend wants his gas tank back . Anyone know of a beekeeper discussion website. Thanks


Larry AJ    Posted 06-06-2002 at 10:05:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert,

Why don't you try flooding them out.

Fix up a hose to feed water into the tank. Leave the hive box in place over the tank as a place for the Queen to "retreat" to safely.

You want to very slowly fill the tank. I'd try to set up some type of drip system, or put a valve or other restriction in the hose to the tank. Adjust the rate outside before you put it into the tank. I think I would set the rate so that the tank would fill in about two/three days. That should be slow enough for them to escape with all the eggs, larva, etc. and maybe even some of the stored honey. The more they take out the less someone will have to try to clean out.

If want to get even fancier, buy a piece of clear hose. Attach it to the bottom of the tank where the gas would come out. Run it up along the side of the tractor/tank so the top is well above the top of the tank. Then fill through that hose. With the clear hose you can tell how fast it is filling and how close the water is to the top.

Regards,
Larry


Tom A    Posted 06-06-2002 at 02:15:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert:

Make a cone out of window screen that fits over the tank where they get in and out (I assume that's where the gas cap is?) and seal any other entrance to the tank. The cone should taper down to a small opening, about 5/16 to 3/8 inch. That allows the bees to leave but not get back in. Leave the hive they've been building in close by so they have somewhere to go. Within ten to 15 days all the worker bees will be out of the tank...doubtful the queen will leave but she'll die without them. Add a new queen to the hive in the first few days and they'll do just fine, and cannot return to the gas tank 'cuz of the screen.

I've used this technique to empty colonies in house walls before; it isn't fast, but it works.

good luck,
Tom A

bkeepr@aol.com


DHunter    Posted 06-05-2002 at 18:28:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It didn't work. Try this link.


www.pugetsoundbees.org/


DHunter    Posted 06-05-2002 at 18:22:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I looked on Google and found this website which hopefully will be useful to you. Good luck. I used to keep bees and it was a pleasure until I found that my new wife was hyper-allergic to insect stings. It was either get rid of the bees or the new wife. What a delemna!! Still don't know if I made the right decision.


bob ny    Posted 06-06-2002 at 05:56:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'll bet two hives that your warden isn't looking over your shoulder while your posting


Tom A    Posted 06-06-2002 at 04:35:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've worried about developing an allergy for some time. I've read that beekeepers who have been taking Motrin or Tylenol before working bees are at a much higher risk of developing an allergy. I have too much fun with the bees for that, so I avoid those two products like the plague.

Maybe you can set up an outyard somewhere...before we got our farm, I had my bees for many years on the corner of a farmer friend's field. He got free pollination and a couple jars of honey a year, and I got a place to keep my bees. Your wife would never have to get near them that way. Just a thought.

Tom


Dennis    Posted 06-05-2002 at 19:30:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You did keep the bees.....Right? (lol)


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