For people looking to have a hands-free approach to beekeeping, bee lovers with allergies, or people who are wanting to slowly learn without the risk of losing a hive, we offer hive maintenance options.
We partner with our hive hosts to keep the hives alive and maintained. We harvest the honey, inspect the hive for diseases, and all the work in between.
This option is only offered within the Bryan/ College Station area (within 10-15 minutes of town center) and is best for people with 5-20 hives.
Finding a mentor and networking with other beekeepers is the absolute best way to get into beekeeping. It’s also a great way to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes the rest of us did! Selecting a mentor can be difficult if you don’t know where to start.
Questions you may want to ask yourself before you seek a mentor, but also remember that it’s a good idea to keep an open mind. Often times people have great advice that may seem to contradict your ideals as a beekeeper. Although I encourage you to figure out what type of beekeeper you want to be (example: treatment vs. treatment free), I would also strongly encourage you to always listen to both sides of the coin. I’ve learned a lot about management tactics from both sides. Great beekeepers are often times people with a good level of common sense – just keep an open mind and let your mind decide what the “right thing” to do is because you will absolutely hear contradicting opinions and advice.
Although we typically charge for our beekeeping classes, each year we take a small number of mentees on in order to meet our personal outreach goals. Since we’re also involved in the Texas Master Beekeeper program, we also use these mentee / mentor relationships to help meet our service credit requirements.
** Classes take place during the Spring and are sold in the online store when available **
We offer a variety of different class levels from new bee classes to intermediate classes.
If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so, no prerequisite knowledge is required. You can walk in knowing absolutely nothing about bees and walk out ready to get started with your own backyard beehive! We will teach you how the honey bee lives, discuss different hive designs, and share practical information about how to set up your first beehive.
Our class will focus on natural beekeeping practices which are often different than most beekeeping books. So, even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this class will still have a lot to offer you.
For more advanced classes, the best thing to do, at this point, is contact us.
Beginner Beekeeping Topics:
Intermediate Beekeeping Class Topics:
All of our classes vary based on questions asked as well as information we’ve learned along the way. We are constantly learning from our own experiences as well as the experiences from others – we’ll never stop learning and we suggest you do the same.
We partner with professionals with construction experience to perform live bee removals in the Bryan/College Station area.
Why is the construction experience important? Bees build their hives anywhere – in walls, attics, in gaps between bricks. Construction knowledge helps when you start deconstructing a home to get to the hive. Doing this skillfully and carefully makes it a less expensive repair and project overall.
Before you kill or spray the bees, consider a few key facts.
Using a professional when having bees removed from your home is important. A professional will explain the steps that are taken to remove the bees – it may be a full day or multi-day project and will often times be timed to make sure the maximum number of bees are collected and removed.
Because this is Texas, we have swarms throughout most of the year – if you see a cluster of bees hanging from a tree in your yard, it’s important to call immediately. If left alone, the bees will find a much more hidden place to live – even if that’s inside yours or your neighbor’s home. Swarms are quick and easy – way less invasive than removing them once they’ve established themselves. Calling as soon as you notice bee activity is the best way to cost yourself less money and stress in the long run.
What to expect when you get bees removed from your home:
There is a lot of agriculture in the Brazos Valley and bees are a key component of agricultural success. When we remove bees from homes around the Bryan and College Station area, we put them to work doing what they love to do – pollinate.
If you’ve got bees, and especially in Texas, you probably have hive beetles. It’s important to keep strong colonies so that you can ensure that your bees can handle the hive beetles.
Integrated Pest Management is a practice that’s highly recommended by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service. The previous link leads to a guide on their website that is extremely helpful in managing your bee colonies. Learning how to identify pests and take the appropriate action is part of the learning curve for a new beekeeper.
Identifying Small Hive Beetles – According to the OSU Extension Service – Adult SHB (pictured above) appearance can vary even within a single population. In general, the adults are brown to black in color, oval shaped, and about 5.7 mm (approximately 1/4 inch) long or about one-third the size of a honey bee. Often beekeepers are confused regarding SHB identification as there are several other beetles of similar shape, color, and size that are often found in or around the honey bee colonies, such as sap beetles (family: Nitidulidae) and rove beetles (family: Staphylinidae).
Here are some “pro tips” for you that we’ve used:
Good luck and let us know if you have other ideas for ways to reduce/eliminate hive beetles.