How do you remove the bees from the honey supers? Honey harvesting equipment!
There are three main ways to harvest your honey: with a bee brush, one frame at a time, with an escape board or with a fume board. An escape board is essentially a “door” you put on your hive. The bees walk out of the honey super and cannot find their way back, clearing it of bees in about 24 hours. A fume board has a more immediate effect. Lined with a cloth insert, you spray one of two bee repellents (Bee-Quick or Bee-Go) onto it. The bees hate the smell so they leave the honey super within a few minutes.
We’ve used all the equipment below, and for our small scale commercial honey operation, we like harvesting with the fume board with bee-go applied.