Beekeeping Class Photo by Jerry Waskiewicz
We are available for individual or small group classes, covering all aspects of beekeeping from basic husbandry to more specialized queen rearing.
Springtime Swarm on Honeysuckle Bush
Much like any growing family, when honeybees become crowded in their existing home, the colony seeks roomier accommodations. Between one-third to one-half of the colony leaves the original home looking for a gathering point before launching as a group for a newly found home. They will cling to this gathering spot as a large cluster of bees for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. If contacted in a timely fashion, we can remove these swarms before they pose a problem for the property owner. These "wild" bees are important for sources of survival genetics needed to combat Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD.)
Removing a Colony From a Ceiling
Honeybees are always searching for better living spaces. Unfortunately, that can sometimes means your home or other buildings fit their needs. For those who prefer not to share their space with these bees, we can remove the colony to more appropriate living quarters. Give a call to discuss the different options available. Please do not try to exterminate the bees with cans of insecticides. That will compound your problems, not solve them.
Bees being Trapped-Out of a Hollow Tree.
An alternative for removing a colony where access to the comb is a trap-out. Patience is required because the process takes about 6 weeks. A one-way screen cone is placed over the original entrance. A hive with brood is placed in very close proximity. The returning bees, unable to gain access to the original hive, begin using our commercial hive s their home. The 6-week process is necessary due to waiting for all the queens eggs to hatch.
Honeybee with Her Pollen Baskets Full
We have hives available for pollination services. Contact us with your needs, be it a large home garden or a commercial orchard.