08 July 2008

30 foot high honey bee removal

Well, introductions are in order. I'm the goofy lookin' dude in the bee suit below:

Richard Martyniak in a bee suit

My name is Richard Martyniak, and I'm one of the team members here at ALLFloridaBeeRemoval.com. You'll meet the others later. I have a Master's Degree in Urban Entomology from the University of Florida Entomology Dept, where I worked for several years. My specialization is the control of stinging insects. I Performed research, developed courses for online education, and gave plenty of talks to pest control operators, extension personnel and regular folks too. Here I'm doing my education thing again.. I just love teaching people about the wonders of insects !

Entomologist Richard Martyniak

Tati invited me to perform a live honey bee removal from her family's Orlando Azalea Park home. The bee hive ( colony is really the correct terminology ) was located in a large Oak tree and required the use of a man-lift to get so high up in the tree. Here,I'm showing how to light a smoker. We use smoke to 'calm' bees, so we can relocate them to a hive box.

Lighting an orlando beekeeping smoker

But I really like working with the girls..( most bees, wasps and ants are female ), especially large colonies high up in trees!
Heading up in the lift:
preparing to do a live honeybee removal in tree

I'm about 30 feet up in this pic, working the honey bees.
live removal of orlando bees in a tree

It sure gets hot in bee suit. Replenishing with OJ helps:
Beekeeping is hard work

We had a successful day, removing and rescuing the aerial honey bee colony. Thanks to Tati for having me out and taking the great pics. Thanks for the Burger and hotdogs too!

not a sting all day in azalea park


Pamela Hall wrote:

We have a nest in one of our sweet gum maple trees which is occupied by some sort of stinging insect. The nest is rather large and shaped somewhat like a hot air balloon. Can you tell me what the insect is and how to relocate it? Both of my parents (they're in their 80's) have been stung by these insects, so I need to act quickly.

15 August 2008 at 11:56 AM
RichardMartyniak wrote:

Hi Pam,

Your description of the colony shaped like a 'hot air balloon' sounds like it might be a Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula) colony. Hornets are actually a yellow-jacket wasp that nests nearly exclusively in aerial colonies. They can be very defensive and control of the colony is usually warranted. Please send me an email at info@allfloridabeeremoval.com or call our toll free line at 800.343.5317 and we can discuss options.

15 August 2008 at 10:32 PM

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