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Honey Gift Ideas – Sweet Presents for the Holidays

Are you looking for some fun and different ideas for holiday gifts? Then you are at the right place, and Little Giant Beekeepers has sourced some fun honey gifts for the holidays. Really, who doesn’t love honey?

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The Most Interesting Insect in the World – Honey Bee Facts

Facts About Honeybees

You may think you know a lot about honeybees, but there is always more to learn about this fascinating creature. Did you know that honeybees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans? Or that honey is the one food that never goes bad?  Did you know that honeybees are responsible for one-third of our crops, thanks to their pollinating skills? Truly, honeybees are fascinating creatures.

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Wasp Nest vs Drone – Don’t Try This At Home

You are never too old for toys! A drone is a toy the whole family can enjoy. Kids, moms, and dads can get in on the fun. This enterprising (and brave) person used the toy to get rid of his pesky neighbors, a nest of wasps. But don’t try this at home folks- it’s a bad idea. Best to call a Professional Bee and Wasp removal company,  like Little Giant Beekeepers!

 

TOP 5 Reasons why you should not try to remove wasps from your home without a professional:

  1. Wasps nest vary in size, but by the fall, a nest can hold around 600 stinging wasps. As you might have guessed, they do not want to be disturbed!
  2. Wasps get angry and protect their homes. Unlike bees, they can repeatedly sting; they do not die after they sting. Angry wasps= many stings!
  3. If you swat and smash a wasp, it could release a pheromone that lets other wasps know you are now a target. Now you have an excited group of wasps who could attack you.
  4. You could be allergic. Many people are allergic to wasp and bee stings. You might not know it because you haven’t been put in the situation before. If you are allergic, you could go into anaphylactic shock. Many people end up in the hospital thanks to multiple wasps’ stings.
  5. Little Giant Beekeepers are experts in safe wasp removal. We have safety procedures so you will not get stung!

How to Identify a Wasp

Unlike bees, wasps have a skinny waist. They have six long legs too. They have longer antennae. Different types have different colorings to differentiate them from one another. Most are brown and yellow, but some might have even bright coloring, like red or even blue. Like bees, wasps can be beautiful architects. Wasps nest are truly something to behold, with hundreds of perfectly created delicate pentagons.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets are very aggressive. They build a large nest out of cellulose that can hold thousands of wasps. Most of their nest are in attics or eaves, large cavernous spaces. Unfortunately, they sting multiple times if bothered and with large nests can be a danger. They like sweets and proteins and be a significant nuisance at a picnic.

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps make a nest out of wood pulp and make it into a paper mâché like material. They have small colonies that hang from a branch, porch ceiling or window. They are not a very aggressive wasps but will sting if their nest is disturbed.

Mud Daubers

Mud Daubers construct their nest from mud. They are the lone wolf of wasps, living by themselves under eave porch ceilings and more. Though they look like scary wasps, they are fairly docile. They can benefit your yard by eating other insects and bugs.

How to Avoid Wasps

The good news is, with a little prevention, wasps can be avoided. You want to first start by taking care of your house. Walk around outside and look for cracks and crevices. Seal them with a silicone sealant, so wasps won’t want to enter the premises and build there.

Wasps can be a nuisance when dining outside. If you eat outside keep food covered. Use cups, you can see in to, because wasps can sneak into soda cans and can sting your mouth when you drink. Close the garbage bag and put it in a trash can. Clean up spills and leftovers outside, so wasps don’t come to eat your leftovers. They like sweet stuff and also protein. Don’t forget to wear shoes in the grass, getting stung by a wasp can hurt. And remember they can sting multiple times- ouch!

Little Giant Beekeepers and Bee Removal Specialists are well-versed in the removal of all flying insects. Fall is a time of substantial activity for wasps but please don’t think of using the drone for wasps removal! Call us instead at 972-980-0923 for a free wasps removal estimate across Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

Tips for Honey Extraction

Have you noticed that beekeeping is gaining popularity as a hobby? You don’t have to live in the country or have a lot of land to raise bees, even in cities like Dallas and Fort Worth apiaries are popping up. Sure, it’s not the most accessible hobby to get started but it does bring in some excellent benefits. Beekeeping in Dallas, Fort Worth area is especially great because raw, local honey is known to help with allergies. Anyone who lives in the Dallas Fort Worth areas knows allergies are a problem, especially this time of year. Not only is local honey good for it also taste great. It tastes so much better than the store-bought stuff. And it even better knowing the bees you have been babying created it!

Besides the honey, there are other benefits to raising your own bees. Bees wax is actually quite useful around the house. You could make candles, lotion, polish furniture, and much more! You can get quite crafty with it.

End of summer is an excellent time for extraction because it is so warm, and the honey will flow better. Our first tip for honey extraction is patience. It takes time, and you need to be patient. It is not a quick job, and going too fast can get messy. Another tip is to make sure you have all the right gear before you get started. For clothing, jacket, gloves, hat, and veil is a good idea, especially if you are just getting started and do not know the personify of your bees. Better safe than sorry. Also, you will want to have all the possible tools you will need ready to go.

It is a good idea to try to do the extraction somewhere else besides your kitchen. It is a very sticky process! Nobs, floors, and table will be sticky. It best to try it somewhere more open with fewer things around. A garage might be a functional space or an outdoor shed. One unique issue is that bees will smell you working on an extraction. If you straight up just do it outside and it takes a while more bees are going to show up.

Another tip is an addition to all your other tools have a large bucket or bowl of water and some dish towels to wash off your hands when they do get sticky from the extraction. Again, it can be a messy job and best to keep water nearby for easy use.

One way to save some money on the somewhat expensive hobby is to share or borrow extractor’s, uncapping tanks and other extracting equipment. Since most hobbyists only use it once or twice a year it’s a good tool to share. In addition, you could also help each other since extracting honey is a two-person job.

Warm honey flows better than cool honey. It spins out of the comb faster and more thoroughly than cold honey in an extractor. It also strains more quickly through a filter.  Honey at 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 c) or higher will be extracted most easily.  Not a problem in Texas!

Bees are usually docile when beekeepers are extracting honey, but they will sting if you accidentally smash one.  Did you know that although its sweet, honey is highly acidic? So, you want to pick the right container to keep the extracted honey it.  Do not use aluminum and galvanized steel because that will react with the honey acids.  Stick with plastic, stainless steel or glass. Tupperware and Rubbermaid both make good plastic containers to hold honey and cappings.  Uncovered honey also catches insects, so keep the honey covered.

Enjoy your harvest and if you have a hive you didn’t ask for please contact Little Giant Beekeepers and we can help you with hive removal. Call 972-316-9135 for a free consultation.

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