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  1. That's so interesting - It's all a bit of a mystery sometimes. We have had a similar thing with lots of activity from either bees or wasps around a certain tree or corner of the house with no apparently food source for them. I notice the wasps in particular have been hugely attracted to the Kauri trees around our property, but I'm not sure what it is they are getting from it. Great tip re turning the hive around slightly! That's an excellent idea! My hive IS slightly facing their property, so perhaps a 45' shift in the opposite direction may help. Thanks so much!
  2. Thanks again to all the great responses to this thread. Really interesting tidbits! If anyone was after an update, I’ve just spent an hour or so essentially pruning the neighbours grapevine all the way back to the bare vine. It was hard not to be brutal! It was INSANE how many bees were around, they were everywhere - I was sure I was going to come across a hive, but I really think it was just the old grapes. It seemed to be about 95% bees, with the odd wasp and it seemed to me that the bees were more drawn to the green, still fairly freshly ripe grapes as opposed to the rotting ones. To be honest I feel as though the bee activity around it is going to get worse before it gets better, as whilst stripping the vine back, hundreds of grapes fell to the ground and got rather squished underfoot. Let’s hope the bees do one last good cleanup and then leave the area alone.
  3. Thanks so much everyone for the great replies. All very helpful indeed. I’ve also just offered to put my suit on next weekend and remove as much as the rotting fruit from the vine as I can to help speed up the process a bit. I think a jar of honey when I go over to do this might help as well. Unfortunately there’s no fences between us and the neighbours deck, so nothing really to deter the flight path aspect - but I’m wondering about putting a sheet of ply up on its end close to the hive, on the neighbors side, to help them get a bit of elevation before they get to his deck? This worked for anyone?
  4. Hey all, I currently have a small colony that was captured as a swarm late season. I also have a neighbour a couple of hundred metres away with three established hives. I was out at my hive this afternoon when I was called to by another neighbour (not the one with the bees) to let me know he was having real issues with bees congregating around his back deck. I was a little dubious to begin with and thought it was likely wasps he was mistaking for bees (the Waitakeres are overrun with wasps right now), but walked over and sure enough there was dozens of bees, and a few wasps, flying all over his deck and getting pretty close. I tracked them to a grapevine growing across one edge of the deck, which currently has a lot of rotting fruit on it, and sure enough - there was possibly hundred of bees and wasps crawling and buzzing around the vine. The guy was really nice about it, not confrontational, he just wanted to let me know incase there was a solution - as he currently finds sitting on his deck pretty unenjoyable, which I can understand. I reassured him that probably once all the rotting grapes have gone, they should dissipate significantly (also as the season commences and bee numbers drop), but he did mention he thinks there's a also a bit of a bee flight path right over the deck from our direction. I'm wondering if anyone has a) Any experience with grape vines and bees/wasps and if it's just a short spike of activity on them as the fruit rots, or b) if anyone has dealt with, or if it's possible to, direct your bees away from a certain direction? and how best to placate neighbours! The guy is a good chap and would I'd like to try and find a solution or at least do what I can. Thanks for any tips in advance! X
  5. Thanks Bron! That's a good tactic I will remember for next time. They seem to have dispersed now thankfully.
  6. Hey There, I was alerted to there being a significant swarm settled at a nearby property to my own in the Waitakeres late Friday night. Collected it early Saturday morning. I am fairly certain I got the queen the first time around, as when I moved the main swarm group into the box, leaving a flap of the box open and at the swarm site for awhile, they were very happy to stay inside the box as opposed to trying to move back to the branch they were originally on. Relocated the box to my property and transferred the swarm into a full depth super, where they have been since. What I am curious about however, is because the original swarm site is about a kilometre from me, I've been able to keep an eye on the tree they were found on - and in the three times I have been back since Saturday, there has each time been a good large fist sized group of bees back at the spot the original swarm was. Assuming these are just scout bees who were out and about when I collected the main swarm, I've twice now taken the remaining bees and reunited with the main hive back on my property. Each time I've moved the remaining bees, there's been new comb on the tree branch, which I have cut out and removed. They are wax making machines on that tree! I guess, since this is the first time I have collected a swarm, I was unsure if it was normal that bees would continue to convene back at the original swarm removal site days later? And should I continue to move them back to the main hive? Are they just scout bees who were away when I grabbed the hive, or are they making their way back there from my place? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks
  7. I definitely can - but I thought the theory was you need to wait until they're all back in the hive at night? Or are you saying just block the entrance at night and shift the next morning?
  8. Crickey. This certainly doesn't bolster the confidence - but thanks, noted! I was planning on going industrial strength with my protective gear.
  9. Ah yes! The magical duct tape! Good thinking. This whole operation is certainly making me think verrrrrry carefully about hive placement at the new place.
  10. Hmm not really unfortunately, it's marginal in terms of better proximity. Potentially less slope - but would mean going through their covered car port and right next to their front door with an angry hive, which may not be the best farewell gift.
  11. Thanks Mummzie.... ha! I can just see the footage now. It could be quite the blooper reel. Especially when one of us slides down the hill and ends up in an ambulance, god. Will def invest in a decent sack barrow, they are bloody handy things to have.
  12. Thanks Harlan - totally agree. Every time I bring the hive move up with my husband he just gives me a thousand yard stare as if to say 'What the hell are you getting me into'. Especially after a mate warning that the bees will be agro and find any little hole in a suit and essentially hate us for it. Ha! I follow you on instagram by the way - great stuff!
  13. Great advice milkandhoney. Thank you. I just had another friend suggest a sack barrow before seeing your post and thought YES! - how the hell I hadn't thought of that sooner and spent all these weeks fretting is beyond me. Great thinking! And the pantyhose too... great.
  14. Thanks Janice. I think you're spot on. Going to have to break the hive down. Still seems a little daunting with muddy the hill we have to go up - but that's life eh!
  15. Yikes - yeah I have been keeping a close eye on activity and they appear to still be in relatively good winter numbers during the day, so hoping they're doing okay in there. I think breaking down to two boxes is going to be the only way. Thanks
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