I really like the look of the April "Beelines". Also I would really like to know why there seems to be a vacuum-cleaner hose in the cover photo. Is it to clean the comb, or maybe to collect the bees?
Dean, thanks for your comments about Beelines appreciated.
You are correct it is a vacuum cleaner hose. Bee vacs are used generally to collect feral hives or swarms from difficult areas, a bee vac is adapted from a normal vacuum cleaner but between motor and hose there is a super installed which has the effect of reducing the amount of suction energy thus savings bees and the more gentle suction pressure brings them into the super or collection box. I will try and get a plan of a bee vac and detailed operation and put in next months Beelines.
Hi Dean, yes Don's right about the setup of the bee vac, which makes doing a cutout much easier. We did have a demo of one at the Inventors Workshop meeting a couple of months ago.
I hadn't considered using it to clean combs - my shortcoming, lack of imagination!
Remember, it is important that you use a vacuum cleaner picked up off the side of the road from the hard rubbish collection.
Here's a link to a cutout guide. If it seems a bit discouraging, it's because I kind of retired myself from doing them. I decided there were much easier ways of increasing my colony numbers. But they are great experience and perhaps you can't call yourself a real beekeeper until you've given one a try sometime. Just make sure its not the first thing you tackle. Good luck, cheers, Andrew
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