Showcasing bee friendly companies. Lone Star Wind Farm Bee Removal Abilene Tx
Located in west Texas 15 miles northeast of Abilene sits Lone Star Wind Farm. Spread across Callahan and Shackelford counties, it sits on ranch land mostly used for oil and cattle production.
Lone Star came in to full energy production in June of 2008. Providing at least 86,000 homes with carbonless energy.
Their do no harm policy makes it an enviornmental masterpiece. We started removing honey bees from their site in 2013, and continue to do so.
Our latest removal was from this sub station. The sub station is where the energy produced from the turbines is collected then sent to the grid.
Connected to the upright I beams are square pipe. The bees entered thru the weep holes.
This time the colonies needed to be removed. Since we could not cut the structural steel we had to preform a force abscond.
Forced abscond is to get the bees to leave the hive. You can use water or smoke and a bee repellent.
Electricity and water do not mix, so we used smoke and repellent. Not just one colony, there was three.
Each cross member was at least 15 feet long of longer. We had to have one man on the vacuum and the other on the smoker.
Zach, one of Lone Star's workers and I took turns. He vacuumed two colonies and smoked one. I did the others.
Three colonies in all and each took little over four hours to force the bees out.
All three queens came out and the workers. Successfully, we got them hived and they are growing well.
It was not our first time to this sub station. In fact last year we contained these same colonies to replace a bus.
IRescueBees would like to thank Lone Star Wind Farm for showing care and concern for out enviornment. Keep up the great work and we look forward to serving you in the future.