Make Your Own Bee Vac
Leon Rowell of Montezuma, Iowa is a pretty handy
fellow. One of the many things he has built is a Bee Vac. Here
is how it all came about.
The Bee Vac is a really slick way
to remove honeybees from unwanted locations.
A friend of mine called one day and said that his garage was full
of Honey Bees and wondered if I knew how to get rid of them. I
told him that I thought I could remove them for him and that I
would be up in a couple of days.
I gathered the parts & pieces together and
started assembling the Bee Vac. I used an old suitcase that my
Mother in law had for the outer case instead of building one out
of wood. And I had a vacuum motor from a shop vac that the canister
had rusted out on. I used the hose from a larger shop vac that
I had thinking it would be easier on the bees as they pass through
The vacuum draws air through the
hose opening in the inner box and out the screen mesh sides
leaving the bees nicely contained for transport.
The next day I made the trip to my friends house to see what the
situation was and he wasn’t lying. He definitely had a garage
full of bees. The only problem was that most of them were lying
on top of his cars and on the floor dead. He had covered the hole
on the outside of the building with a piece of metal and they
had chewed through the sheetrock on the inside but couldn’t
get out of the garage. I put my gear on and removed the piece
of sheetrock where the hole they had made was. Unfortunately there
were only about 200-300 bees left in the hive area and no sign
of a queen. I decided to go ahead and try the Bee Vac anyway so
I proceeded to vacuum the bees from the comb. The vacuum worked
very well and all of the bees were sucked into the inner box and
with no casualties to the bees.
The bottom of the inner box slides
away making it easy to deposit the newly acquired bees into
a hive body.
I then removed the natural comb from the hive
(there was no brood or honey in the comb but I wanted to go through
the entire procedure anyway) and wired it into the empty frames
and put them into the super. When you get home all you need to
do is to set your hive up with the frames of natural comb, set
the box with the bees in it on top of the hive and gently slide
the bottom from the box. Theoretically the bees will migrate down
into the hive. I can’t confirm this because of the condition
of this natural hive.
Leon obtained the plans for the Bee Vac from the
internet at www.beesource.com/plans/index.htm.
There are plans for several other projects too for
anyone needing a project. Thanks Leon.