.It is the 2017 Spring bee season. Bees are very active and very confused this Spring due to the late freeze. We have your beekeeping supply need. We also have a list of "Beekeepers Near You" and we delight in venturing out to relocate your swarm to friendly surroundings. Just give us a call and someone from Beeutiful Bees will help you. Generally we do charge gas milage from Beefield if they are not near metro Statesboro / Brooklet and we will charge $60 for the first hour IF they turn out not to be honeybees. Swarms are not location occupation colonies, extractions or cut-outs. Swarms are an active "ball" of bees looking for a new home. These swarms hang on fences, cars, tree limbs, and warm locations while the scouts are out looking for a new hollow they can fill. If your bees are in a location occupation (that means they built a beehive inside your hollow space: See Below as we do provide "cut out" or colony removal at a fee beginning at $400 for labor from your building. It is a full days work.
Supplies and Support
From hoods to frames, smokers to books, from hive boxes to bee suits we have what you need. We sell honey bottled at B & G Honey. You can find B & G honey at a large number of places around Statesboro. We meet the needs of hobbyist, gardener, farmers, the backyard beekeeper as well as the rooftop beekeeper. Whether you're an old hand or a new beekeeper we can help you. Take a course or just talk things over as you decide what you need to buy here at Beefield for beekeeping and have a watchful eye nearby to ease you into a lasting relationship with a hive of your very own. In keeping with our bee calendar we can help you find bees, queens, pollen, honey & wax, hive boxes, pollen traps, protective garments and bee theme garden items. Feel free to ask about whatever is buzzing in our head. You may even find the bird houses that adorn the fence post tops to be to your liking. Here we are about the birds and the bees.
We provide Removal-Extractions and Relocation
Honeybees are not yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, carpenter bees or other stinging insects that an exterminator can eliminate for you. We don't use chemical pesticides in the resolution of your honeybee invaders. We do provide "extractions" with a $400 base fee (read the removal policy and sign for our receipt the hold harmless agreement). For special equipment rentals like lifts, cherry pickers, man-lifts, hoists and scaffolding there are extra charges. You may rent them directly from the rental company of your choice if you wish. We can rent them and addd it to your invoice as well, but only with immediate same day payment. On extractions from areas on the outside of your structure higher off the ground than ten (10) foot, the rental of "special equipment" includes such things as cherry pickers or scissor man lifts. Such equipment is available from Southern Rental Systems in Statesboro and Rincon for around $225 a day. The average extraction takes from eight to twelve hours onsite and an additional three hours preparation and settling the bees into their new location at our apiaries for two UGA Certified Beekeepers working together.
Look here for an in depth explanation to understanding what honeybees can and cannot do to your home or business. The most common place, in homes built after 1969, for honeybees to build are in your eaves or soffits. Entrance points for honeybee size insects are 1/4" or larger. In older structures that are not insulated, honeybees can build in the voids between the exterior surface and the interior walls surfaces of your home. This applies also to exterior structures like portable buildings, warehouses, storage sheds, barns and the like. That vertical wall space space is normally filled with insulation in newer structures built for human occupation. In multiple story buildings the six, eight or twelve inch floor joist space between floors (ceiling of the lower floor, flooring of the upper floor) can provide refuge for honeybees if the exterior of the building is not properly covered to prevent the entrance of honeybees. We have found, for example, that buildings often built for use as "government housing", apartment buildings built during the between 1970-2000 under lowest bid received circumstance, often do not have vertical exterior surfaces properly installed and sealed. Poor maintenance conditions in such structures, such as failure to paint and caulk exterior siding on a frequent basis, like T-111 wooden siding, can lead to siding decomposition, seaming failures and knot failures that open the siding to invading insects. Poor installation of brick mortar can also leave openings for honeybees. Look for the entrance point being used by honeybees to determine what the underlying cause of their presence in your structure happens to be.
You consider them an uninvited guest, an invader, and they like you also have to deal with invaders to their homes. Other insects ike wax moths, hive beetles, mites, termites and ants use the same entrance to your home as the bees.
Bees in a wall, in a bush or tree, in the eaves of a roof or in the walls of your Handi-house storage building, all of these offer shade from direct sunlight and rain. Honeybee often swarms and looks for new homes anywhere there is a gallon or larger size hollow space available. Aside from the inconvenience and discomfort of sharing your home with bees, improper attempts to kill or remove honeybees can cause serious damage to your home, inside and out. Poisoning a colony of bees is never effective, it only results in a worse situation and a bigger mess. As dead bees decompose in the hot and humid Georgia summer, other pests move in to have a sweet day. The odor from decomposing honeybees is a very offensive. As the honey and wax melt, interior walls can become stained and damaged. Most homeowners carry a homeowners insurance policy but these do not cover pests of any kind. Most pest control companies provide monthly services for protection against common pests but they will not remove honeybees, they will refer you to a nearby apiary or beekeeper. That's us! We do not remove or recover bumblebees or carpenter bees, yellow jackets, wasps or hornets. For more information on these pests see this article.
Extraction methods vary depending on where and how the colony sets up, (in the roof, eaves, between drywall and exterior walls, dormer windows, attics, garages) how long they’ve been there and what building materials are involved. (aluminum, asbestos, or vinyl siding, cinder block or in a tree hanging over the house). We either vacuum or trap the bees and move them to a place where they can live in harmony with nature. We manually extract and dispose of all wax honeycomb. Your homeowners insurance may covers repairs to damage done, but ask them before the work begins. We require a signed release of repair responsibility by the owner of the property. The number of repair services vary by your location.
Working with historic preservationists Beeutiful Bees is able to remove bees from your historic buildings. Our trained staff is well versed in requirements for the preservation, disassembly and reassembly of areas needed only to access the bees and safely remove them including documentation for future reference and records. SE Georgia is honored to host several buildings over 100 years old and building standards back in those days did not include insulation and caulking to keep honeybees out. A honeybee is only looking for a dry, dark hollow to reside. They cause no damage to the location they occupy, however their presence does render people who use these buildings uncomfortable. If the bees present a nuisance we can present a solution to your need.
Mark and Ruth Mettler are your hosts at Beeutiful Bees. Our leadership team of Young Harris UGA certified beekeepers will provide all Beeutiful Bee services and have experience in extracting honeybee colonies from homes, apartments, office buildings, trees and commercial establishments. It’s a hard and messy job but we do it right. If the job is too big, we know quite a number of local beekeepers who will lend a hand just for the chance to increase their colonies. If after reading our Removal Policy you wish to use our services for the extraction we will both sign a mutual agreement of understanding and hold harmless agreement.
Many of our native bee pollinators are disappearing as victims of pesticides, habitat destruction and mono-culture farming methods. That means much lower crop yields for food crops such as watermelon, gourds and squash, pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, pecans and all fruit trees, blueberries and blackberries and feed crops such as clover, alfalfa and millet and wheat. Cotton yield can increase by 30% when pollinated by honeybees.
Honeybees are efficient pollinators, since they are also easily handled and transported it can be a very cost-effective way to dramatically increase crop yield. Our pollination business is as scalable as your operation requires. We can supply two hives or twelve. Beeutiful Bees can travel anywhere in the SE Georgia, NE Florida, and SE South Carolina. Call or e-mail us for details and pricing. If you’d rather purchase your own honeybees, we sell completely assembled hives or hive kits.
We require a signed agreement that the crops and fields you are working with contain no Monsanto or Pioneer genetically altered crops. We do this because the pollen of these crops contribute to CCD, resulting in the decline and death of the honeybee. If you are a homesteader or just a gardener, bees will make your grounds a beautiful and productive place in harmony with nature. We also keep a list of beekeepers so we can identify one near you who may be able to supply your bee needs as well. The keeping of bees is a fraternity of people who will care for your lands as though they were our own.
Learning as a hobby
Our first service is to you the newly interested beekeeper. We are here to help you get hands on and honey sticky. Interested in seeing how it's done? Come on out for a visit and we will take the time to show you the ropes. Once you've started, you'll be all tied up with things to do, right at home. We will take the time with you to answer questions, show you the alternatives available for beekeeping, let you look into our hives and prepare you to keep bees. We will show you how to assemble your hives, how to prepare them to weather in the hot Georgia sun, modify them to catch those beetles, and to keep out the raider bees.
Small Hive Beetle Control
We are satisfied with the progress our apiary has made with natural prevention of the small hive beetle using nematodes. We will work with your clubs to obtain bulk pricing of nematodes for sale at much reduced pricing. I need to order more than 20 packages. What I have agreed is that we will contact the clubs and arrange delivery to a centralized location in an effort to get this pricing. These individual packages of about 5 million nematodes treat an area of 210 square feet or 10' by 21' and cost $25 per package if ordered from him directly by customers. Then individuals must also pay the postage. We are confident that we can provide individual packages for $18 or below.
Members of the clubs can e-mail us directly and we will keep a tally of the total number and let everyone know when we reach the minimum order number so that last minute decisions can be made before I place the order. Because we must pay in advance for the order and because they are a perishable item that cannot be stored for a long period of time we will ask for payment in advance. We will ask for no payments until we have the total number of packages required for discounted pricing is met.
Part II Nematodes
Part III Applying in the bee yard.
One bag of nematodes contains about 5 million. Treatment of honey bee yards looks like this depending on the size of your apiary:
100 sq. ft…………2,300,000 (10’x10’ area .6 bag)
500 sq. ft……….11,500,000 (20’x25’ area 2.3 bags)
1,000 sq. ft....…23,000,000 (20’x50’ area 4.6 bags)
In the US in 1973 the average home size was 1,525. By 1983 it was 1,565 by 2003 it was 2,137 and by 2013 it was over 2,200 per home. So if you have a half acre lot with an average size house on it and keep bees everywhere in your front and back gardens you need to treat a larger area than if you just have three hives in the back.
A lot 104’x104’ with a house 68’x32’ looks something like this and leaves about 36’x 72’ to treat. The pale square in the back is about 20'x20'.
Have a swarm of honeybees?
A swarm of honeybees is quite common in late Spring and early Summer. This is the natural growth cycle of honeybees, as the space a queen has to store brood (baby bees) and food runs out, the queen will lay one or more new queens. Usually within a day prior of the new queen being born the old queen and half colony leave and seek a new home. The first stage of this is a large quantity of bees swarming in a single area, the second stage is when they creates a swarm ball that hangs about protecting the queen while her scouts are out looking for a new home. Give us a call and we will tell you if there is a person nearby that can help them find a new home.
If you request our presence for review or estimate for an extractions (cut outs) from walls, columns, attics and crawl spaces we often do charge a round trip milage fee to recover a portion of the expense to reach your location and it is computed at 50¢ per mile. A portion of this fee is included in your actual basic fee for the extraction, however for estates only we use this method. Your mileage is computed using this Google Maps location: Hagan Mill Pond