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Post by amybyrd21 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:38 am

Hubby is all the time looking into ways to make his own bee equipment. Here is his Bee Vac. It saved us atleast $200. Here are a few pictures and discriptions. If you have any questions feel free to ask.


A bee Vac is a low pressure vac that sucks up bees out of tight places or if there are just alot of them. Hubby used this one to get bees out of a wall in a historic house. It sucks up the bees into a screen box so you are able to transport them. There are several desings on the web using 5 gallon buckets, and other such carrying devices. This comes in handy when you want to get bees out and take them home. A 3 lb box of bees this year were over $100 in this area. You do not have to use these on swarms as they are docile but if you get the chance to get some out of a building this comes in very handy.



Here is the box built out of just plain wood. There are bars in the bottom to keep the inside box (the one full of bees) from sitting on the bottom and creating to much suction. There is the hose for the vacuum in the front of the box. When the lid is open you can see the inside of the shop vac.



This is the inside box where the bees get put by the vacuum. Notice the small screen. You do not want to use something the bees can crawl out of. Notice the hole in the side of the box for the hose.



Here is showing the small shop vac used. It is caulked in so there is no air leaking around it. The hinges are standard cabinet hinges.



Here is the bee box sitting in the box and the vacuum hose is attached to it as well as the out side of the box. The bees go thru this hose into the box.



There is caulk on the top of the box to form a lock when the suction is on. This is clear bathroom sealant. Put the caulk on when the box is open. Let it dry and when you shut the lid it forms a tight seal.




This took an afternoon to make out of scrap lumber from the bee hive stash. (We build our own hives .) This cost us very little. We already had the shop vac and the lumber but if I went and bought this it still would not cost any where near $200 to make it.




If you have any questions about this please feel free to ask. If you want more information on bees ask away too. If I dont know it Hubby or his friend will and I will get you the answers.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sat May 10, 2014 8:52 am

I received a private message from a guest requesting detailed info on this device.  Is there any more pictures or drawings of this neat little vacuum that you would be willing to share?

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat May 10, 2014 4:18 pm

I also received a pm from him and as far as I know there isn't and we have no way to contact amybyrd.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat May 10, 2014 9:55 pm

I'm hoping this generates an automated e-mail and she responds.

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