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Is my Honey Bee Hive a Candidate for Live Removal?

Call Help! I have honey bees living in my house walls. Do you do honey bee removal? Little Giant Beekeepers receives this question a lot, and the answer is usually, YES! Until it happens to you, most of our clients do not realize that bees can take up residence right in their home’s exterior. The good news is if you don’t want to share your home with bees, we can often perform a live hive removal.

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Are Bees The Smartest Insect?

Do bees actually think? Here’s a fascinating podcast from Science Friday that just might answer the question – are bees the smartest insect?

It’s long been known that bees can associate rewards with certain aspects of flowers – such as colors, patterns, and scents. In other scenarios – it wasn’t clear how they would perform.

Listen and learn more about some of the studies about how bees might be able to learn.

Maybe that’s why the bees picked your property to take up residence! They found a convenient entrance (so remember to bee-proof your home) and started their hive in a less than ideal place for you, but a seemingly perfect location for them.

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Bees Featured in Recent Texas Monthly Article

Bees are nature’s fertilizer, making gardens and crops heathier with better yields for harvest. With the increasing extinction of the native Texas bees, more people than ever are learning about urban beekeeping and turning to local beekeepers to start a hive.

Texas Monthly interviews a Texas beekeeper and provides her perspective on the best ways to raise bees and tips for getting started.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Remove That Hive

The majority of people are not experts on bees or bee removal, and won’t be encountering bee hives regularly like we do at Little Giant Beekeepers. When a homeowner discovers a nest, their main concern is around whether or not they will get stung. It’s tempting to ‘let sleeping bees lie’ and put off dealing with removal until later on. Once you find a hive on your property we recommend having a professional take a look at it right away. Here’s why.

A small hive can quickly become a major nuisance thanks to those busy bees. Around springtime, they are spreading out to find new homes and laying eggs. Queens can reproduce at alarming rates producing thousands of eggs each day. Bees also have a short lifespan and are continuously reproducing during the warmer months. The tiny hive that you see now could double or triple in size, potentially housing twenty thousand bees by midsummer.

Bee hives are containers for everything a bee needs to survive, including pollen, larvae, honey, and all the other worker bees. New colonies may only weigh a few pounds. In an established active hive it’s not uncommon for there to be over 100 pounds of honey within the combs. This makes a simple removal process much more difficult and potentially messy.

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