Based in Omaha, NE, I am a Professional Apiarist, particularly in my specialties, in the region. I focus on 3 areas;
Live bee rescue and removal, mostly from commercial or business locations including property management companies, camps, storefronts and others. I am insured and having 7 years of professional experience in this field.
Next I provide direct beekeeper services such as apiary and hive inspections and certification, beekeeper assistance in assembly, repair, maintenance, and organization of apiaries, hives and equipment. This also includes apiary and hive management on short and long term situations.
Thirdly I provide a number of instructional, training and coaching services and classes in beekeeping and beeswax crafts.
Other activities include operating the Bee Smart beekeeping project website and producing, editing and co-hosting the the Bee Smart “Beehooligans” weekly podcast.
Email: Tony Sandoval AKA “Big Bear”
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About Tony Sandoval:
As a professional Apiarist, I specialize in beekeeping education, individual coaching of beekeeping skills, providing inspections and certifications of beekeepers, hives and apiaries. I am also the beekeeping instructor at Metro Community College.
I am the founder and former President of the Omaha Bee Club (www.omahabeeclub.org a non-profit association of beekeepers in the Greater Omaha/Metro area.)
I currently focus on providing the important resources local beekeepers need to keep bees alive and healthy such as education, hands on training and making equipment available. I am currently the beekeeping instructor at Metro Community College offering beekeeping classes every quarter.
I am the head apiarist at B & B Farms in Council Bluffs, IA and soon will begin doing beeswax crafts classes at Mangelsen’s in Omaha.
Q & A
Do you charge for your services?
Yes I do. I am a trained professional with many years of practical experience and having specialized tools and equipment to do the job the right way and to the best of my ability.
What happens to the honey bees you “rescue”?
The honey bees are either sold to local beekeepers, usually after building them back up, or donated to the volunteer youth beekeeping projects we are involved in to use for training new beekeepers or are used in area pollination of crops, orchards and gardens that I manage.
What happens to the bumblebees you “rescue”?
Bumblebees are relocated to area gardeners to help pollinate in safe areas that they will not cause public safety concerns.
Are you able to successfully “rescue” all the bees you work with?
Unfortunately no. Due to a variety of complicated circumstances that bees can get themselves in regarding the type of structures they nest in, live removal isn’t always possible. There are public safety factors, accessibility factors and people’s choices to have already applied pesticides before calling me that sometimes lead to not being able to keep the bees alive.
I try everything I can to make the best effort to keep bees alive before being left with the unpleasant last resort of not being able to do a live removal.