Frugal Beekeeper’s Under $40 Bee Vac

For all that were interested in the under $40 Bee Vac that I (Janel Gammill) presented at the August meeting, here are the needed items (prices are approximate plus some items are just things you might already have on hand):

  1. $22 Lowe’s Shop Vac Bucket Max
  2. $4 flexible PVC connector trap fitting (I think the 2″ x 1 1/2″ size, I had clerk open box so I could get correct size)
  3. 2 5-gallon buckets, 1 bucket lid (I like to get mine free at local grocery store/bakery)
  4. $7 Window screen material (you only need a little bit but I use the rest of the roll on other items)
  5. $5 Rivets

A modification has to be done to the hose/attachment piece to get rid of the right angle which can harm/kill the bee during vacuuming. The general idea of this bee vac came from the Beesource.com forum although they addressed the right angle by placing carpet in the angle to soften the blow to the bee but their legs can get caught in the carpet so I opted for my modified version.

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Hose/connection as purchased.

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Hose connection right angle cut off and hose detached from original. Use of the flexible PVC connector attached to the hose and the modified part of the connector.

All the parts.

All the parts.

The the parts together. The cut out/screen in white bucket is on both sides. When aligned with the holes on the inner bucket, this controls the suction. Twist inner/outer bucket to control that flow.

The the parts together. The cut out/screen in white bucket is on both sides. When aligned with the holes on the inner bucket, this controls the suction. Twist inner/outer bucket to control that flow.

Inner bucket and when used with lid, it is the transport bucket.

Inner bucket and when used with lid, it is the transport bucket.