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Due to the unusually warm winter we had ending 2019 and coming into 2020 a lot of the feral honey bee colonies in our area appear to have starved out. As a result the calls we’ve gotten for bee hive removals have been sharply reduced this season. The size of the colonies we are seeing has also bee affected. This one was particularly disappointing due to it’s small size. The home owner was hoping for a honey score and I thought they were going to get one for them by what the FLIR showed during my first inspection. The amount of work required to access the bees as pretty much the same whether they are a tiny colony like this one or a fifty pound honey comb hideout. Since there isn’t much more work to remove a nice size colony I’d prefer to find one of those than a runt like this one.
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