How to move a hive any distance

It’s really odd to find something you wrote being used as the main topic of somebody else’s video, especially when you’ve never met or even heard of the person. That’s the internet for you. In this case the videographer is LDSPrepper and, luckily, he found that my technique for moving a hive worked perfectly for him.

He refers to me by name “Rusty” for a while and then devolves into “Ray” which, I guess, is fine. Oh yes, he also refers to me as “he” which I guess is understandable, but it tells me he’s not a regular reader. Gotcha. Anyway, I forgive him because he gave me high marks in Beekeeping Myth Busting 101.

Anyway, here’s his video.



Hello Rusty,

I stumbled on your blog while researching the net about solutions with a bee problem. I live in Phoenix, AZ and I have had a hive for probably 8 years or so in the trunk of a silk tree by my side entrance. I never had a problem with the bees till a week ago. People often told me I need to kill them, but I always answer “they know I live here too and they never caused any problems so I don’t see why I should.”

Well, things have changed, last week they stung my gardener and yesterday they stung me. The tree is too close to the side entrance to my house which I use several times per day. This spring I planted a lot of flowers and fruit trees so I spend more time in the yard watering and taking care of the new vegetation. This spring I also noticed an increase on the number of hornets in my yard. I would love to remove them and looked at the video one of your fans posted; I am just afraid the colony is too big to do that.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, I really wouldn’t want to end up calling an exterminator. Thank you.



First off, do not call an exterminator. If you must get help, call a local beekeeper. A beekeeper can take away the hive and allow the bees to live. A colony that has persisted on its own like that for many years must have some good, solid genetics. Do not kill it.

The aggressive behavior is probably temporary; something set them off. Maybe they are in the process of raising a new queen, or it could be that the hornets are bothering them. See my post on why honey bees may sometimes become aggressive, and don’t forget to look through the comments for even more insight.

Since you just planted fruit trees, you need those bees more than ever. I can’t imagine any serious gardener wanting to get rid of bees, although I can certainly understand wanting to move them further from the house. I recommend you wait a couple weeks and see if they calm down. If they don’t, then call a beekeeper for removal.

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