Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2015
If you are in need of having a honeybee swarm picked up, or a full colony of bees removed from a structure – please see the following links for my contact information: (These same links are in the top menu bar on this website as well.)
Frequently asked questions (and my answers):
I do not think that in 45 years, I have ever seen as much rain as we have received here in North Texas over the last two months. Too much rain can be detrimental to our agriculture.
Besides the obvious problem of erosion of our topsoil, there are other problems with too much rain. When rain falls over fields of blooming flowers, it can wash out the nectar from the flowers, leaving hungry pollinators. Generally at this time of year, the bees have an excess of nectar that they are bringing into their hives. But with a shortage of nectar, there is a serious possibility of starvation. Yes – even with all the rain and flowers… that does not mean that there is available nectar for them to forage upon.
Below are pictures of bees that swarmed recently to a crape myrtle tree. They settled on a branch about 5′ off the ground, and sat long enough to build 2 smallish pieces of comb under their cluster. The homeowner called and I responded within the hour to remove the swarm from their back yard.
These bees were living in a 16″ wide joist-space under the back porch deck at a local condominium. Unfortunately, it was an overcast and rainy morning – so while the removal DID go smoothly – the bees let me know that they were displeased with being exposed to the rainy elements today. They had a good amount of honey, and the queen is a beaut! Once the comb was put into the frames – the bees readily came into the box – and the queen was easily located.
Unexpected Removal (1st of 2 today)…This spot has had bees in the past (years ago) – and about 3 weeks ago – the homeowner noticed bee activity again. They were referred to me for the removal – so with the height – I borrowed scaffolding from another beekeeper. Once I got up there – it was curious – that no bees came out to meet me. None. Zip.. Zilch… I’m betting that they had scout bees checking the place out. I went ahead and opened up the previously opened soffit area – and 4 very tiny baby squirrels dropped down onto me. Quite startling! The homeowner went ahead and hired me to do some other work/maintenance around their home to try to ensure that there would be no further squirrely intrusions.
Morning coffee at The Oasis Cafe after an emergency bee swarm response in their parking lot.
These bees have occupied this space for about 10 days. Even though it was a rainy morning, these ladies were gentle (no stings) and have a LOT of brood and nectar. Looking forward to seeing how they fare at the farm.
Doing our part to keep our pollinators safe – at The Blind Butcher.