Being a homeowner in the Rio Grande Valley can present unique challenges. The warm, humid weather is great for insects; the most successful and invasive insect being the infamous Africanized Honeybee absolutely thrives in the RGV. One of the most unique aspects of Africanized bees over European honeybees is their propensity to nest in small […]
The Africanized Honeybees has been known as the “Killer Bee” since the 1960’s and became popularized in the 1970’s. Despite the alarming name, many Americans did not worry about the impact of the Africanized honeybee until the 1980’s. The Africanized Honeybee began as a simple solution to a simple need: European honeybees were not productive […]
The fire department can help in many situations, but they have gained the reputation for being the go-to people to handle a bee problem outside of a very expensive pest control company. The fire department may be able to “help” for free, but it is not without its own risks and costs.
This past weekend on Super Bee Sunday, we got to have our first real check for our over-wintered hives. It is always a bit nerve wracking going into the new bee season because it is less of matter of “did I lose hives?” and more of “how many did I lose?” and that question is the most frightening one.
If you’ve had to hire a beekeeper to remove a colony from your home, you already know how troublesome the whole process is! The best way to remove bees from your home is to simply prevent them from getting there in the first place. Bees are wonderful animals to own, so long as they are in a managed hive box. Preparing for swarm season during the winter can help prevent bees from establishing a colony on your property.
Today was a textbook case in Africanized defensive procedures. If it wasn’t for the fact that this house had a decent amount of greenery and we were working inside of a shed, it would have been possible that people or animals in the area could have also been attacked.