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Offline MT Bee Girl

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Honey Dripping From Soffit
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:11:45 PM »
Hi guys.  I went and looked at a future cut out. Bees have been in the soffit on and off since 2010. They didn't mind them there in the past but now honey has started dripping out of the soffit, which is a good 30' off the ground.  Nobody seems to be sure if bees are in there right now. When i had a chance to go look, the weather was bad so I also didn't see any bees.

What would cause the honey to suddenly start dripping? ...It's not like it's been warm enough here yet to melt wax.

The gent would like some of the honey after the cut out. How much would be fair to give him? (I told him I'd charge $50/hr but I also thought I'd get a colony out of it.)
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 12:24:18 PM »
Yvonne,
more than likely the honey is dripping because SHB have taken over the hive and slimmed it. I once did a trap out on an outside wall above a brick wall and the inside wall had honey and SHB  larvae dripping out from under 8'  of crown molding. She was cleaning it up for 3 weeks. I had to cut open the floor in the room above it and remove the hive and remove the crown molding. $50 dollars an hour is a good price.
Most of the honey will not be any good.
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 12:49:35 PM »
Ok. Thanks Jim. I didn't think of that. I have no issues with shb here. I saw a larvae last year once but the bees must have taken care of it because i never saw any signs of them since. Would the honey still be good to feed to my own bees? At least I bet I'll get lots of wax for candles. :)
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 01:05:57 PM »
Also, how will i know if the honey is good or not? Just by the taste?
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 01:14:16 PM »
Honey that is dripping from an undamaged  cell is probably fouled by the SHB larvae. You may have some frames that are ok if the bees kept them protected. You can try tasting it but I usually go by looks. It is usually dripping and looks slimmed.
Jim
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 05:24:21 PM »
 Wax moths can do the same thing. They are not as fast acting as SHB. I know where I am in Vermont there are very few SHB. The thing there is a lot of wax moths. After about the third week in June.
 . I do know bees will eat honey that has been infected by Wax moths . I don't believe this is true with SHB.


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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2017, 08:39:20 PM »
Mice, ants, wax moths, roaches, and then SHB. If the honey is dripping, the bees are likely gone and you are in for a big mess.
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 01:55:15 PM »
If the soffit is 30' off the ground carefully consider before agreeing to do this....2nd story ladder work is no fun and whatever price you agree on probably won't be enough when its all said and done and you have been standing under slimed dripping honey all day ;-)

If you have any way to set scaffolding or get someone with a lift or cherry picker thats a much better option than an extension ladder leaning on a house ;-)
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 02:49:34 PM »
Also the roof could have a leak that ran into the honey which will cause fermentation.  The dripping honey can attract other bees and then a robbing frenzy ensues.  Most likely the queen will get killed and the the bees of the colony will join other colonies with whatever good honey is left.  I wouldn't expect to get bees in this situation.
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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 08:13:13 PM »
I agree with replied number 6. If honey is dripping from this colony. Most likely there are no Bees in it.



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Re: Honey Dripping From Soffit
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 09:13:59 PM »
Are SHB in Montana?

 

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