LCBA has a "Bee Team" that removes colonies of bees from structures free of charge as teaching opportunities for beekeepers who want to learn these skills.
To read the story of a "carve-out," click here for one of "Team Mossyrock's" 2015 bee adventures.
Above, "Team Mossyrock": left to right, LCBA President Norm Switzler (the guy with the bees on his back), Mentorship Coordinator Martin Stenzig, member Nancy Toenyan; photographer, Marcelle Stenzig.
Above, Norm at a 2014 removal in Toledo, just having exposed a big feral colony of bees.
Above, closeup of bees on comb; below, LCBA member Gordon Bellevue readying cut comb for pinning into a frame. . . .
Marnel holding comb, below; Marnel & husband Grubby adopted these bees.
Above & below, photos by Jeanne Reichert from a carve-out led by LCBA Vice President Kevin Reichert. Above, Steve & Barb Grega hold the vacuum hose - we vacuum bees into a ventilated nuc box, then carve out the runs of comb & pin them into frames, see below...
Above, gently vacuuming bees. The hose is smooth inside to minimize trauma to the bees. It's important to get as many bees as possible to keep colony numbers up.
Above, Jeanne & Barb at the pinning station; below, closeup a a nicely pinned frame. It's important to preserve the orientation of the comb so that larvae don't fall out nor eggs drown in their cells.
Below, the nuc box is opened at the apiary where the bees will live. See how many bees are clinging to the frames & side of the box - it's important to give bees something to hang onto so they don't all pile atop one another in the bottom of the box, potentially risking suffocation.
Below, Kevin & Steve re-hive the bees in their new home apiary.