05/25/2014 This is one of my first blog post, Global famine coming to you
It is raining in the Big Country today, not much bee work to do. In the beginning Man was given a job. The job was to keep and guard a garden. The garden man was to keep and guard is called earth. There would not be a garden if the honey bees were not here. As bee populations continue to fall, so does our ability to produce food. Remember supply and demand. Lower food supplies results in higher food prices. Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for humans. Some insects are food, like grasshoppers. Yet the honey bee not only produces food for us but is directly responsible for the 40% of the food we eat.
Global famine coming
One Honey Bee colony will have as many as 50,000 worker bees that go out to pollinate our crops. That is a huge work force and still people want to want to open a can of Wal-mart death when the bees show up in the yard. I had a call just a few days ago. The woman said that they bought a house in Dec. and did not know about the bees living under her floor. She wanted to know how much to save them. The house was a pier and beam with a three foot crawl space. The colony was located 35 feet from the crawl space entrance. That means I would have to crawl 35 feet with all my equipment and fully dressed in my bee suit to the location of the colony, Capture the colony remove the brood and all the comb then crawl back. I estimated about four maybe five hours to do the job properly. I gave her my rate and she quickly stated " I can get an exterminator to spray them for $65!" It is this total disregard for life that is causing the coming famine. It is like cutting your throat to spite your belly. When you spray one colony of bees you are killing not only the target colony, You killing the other colonies that are with-in three miles. Here is how it works. When a colony of bees is killed or weakened other bees come to rob the honey. If someone has treated the bees with a toxin that toxin gets in the honey. The other bee colonies in the area find the weakened or poisoned hive and rob the honey. Taking the contaminated honey back to their hive and feed it to their young killing them also. Yes, Global famine coming
You are not killing one colony of bees, You are killing several. And you are killing yourselves by destroying such a awesome pollinator. It is people like this that are causing the coming famine. I hope they have some food in storage!
I got a call from Lonestar Wind Farm about some bees inside a crate. They where drawn out under the lid and Lonestar did not mind if I cut off part of the lid. This late in the season it is best to take the whole colony intact. Sometimes I can't But today I could.
The picture is not to great because I took it through a crack in the lid.
Ivanhoe dr Bee Removal Abilene TX the neighbors said when I informed them that I was removing these bees " thank god, Those bees have been terrorizing the entire Block!" This colony was about three years old, not the biggest but put up a great fight. I was able to capture 95% of the bees and got them rehived before the freeze.
This was a pretty easy removal form the soffit. It was a young hive notice the light colored comb. Only a year old. These bees were calm and did not put up much of a fight
Last year there was a lot of bee activity in San Angelo. A whole lot of swarms why. Lets start with what a swarm is. A swarm is the way in which colonies reproduce themselves. When a colony has lots of honey and / or bees and no more room to grow they divide like a cell.
The swarm will land on anything to rest. While hanging there scouts will sent out to look for a new home.
I will take the time to let you know that the bee removal business in the State of Texas is complete unregulated. Meaning anyone with a beesuit can legally provide bee removal services.
Furthermore, the State DOES NOT issue licenses or permits for bee removals. Yet, the State DOES however recommend you only use a State registered beekeeper for all your bee removal needs.
I am a State registered beekeeper, and I keep everything I remove.
We have removed several from Lake Nasworthy and the Donkey rescue.
Spraying the bees that are in your house is of no benefit. Without clearing out the cavity they will only come back. Plus it becomes a stinky mess for a couple months. Best to just have a beekeeper catch them before they get into your house. But, if they do we can get them out and we have contractors that can make the repairs.
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