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Bee A Better Mentor

Beekeepers and mentoring go together like honey and tea.  Part of it is the natural enthusiasm to share the experience.  Another reason is along the lines of giving back to the community after having gotten mentoring oneself.

Whatever the reason, beekeepers are all about mentoring for the most part.  The problems come when there aren’t enough or any mentors available.  Most mentors are volunteers.  They often have day jobs, families and bees of their own to take care of.  Their time is limited and then is the ability to be available for others.

Many want to be a mentor but lack the confidence.  That’s understandable.  No one wants to feel as though they aren’t doing the best they can or might be letting someone else down.

As a beekeeping coach, I provide training for beekeepers on their schedule and their terms.  They pay for the opportunity to get professional support and assistance.  Many people aren’t looking for that type of help though or perhaps can’t afford to.  For them, they can only hope to find a volunteer mentor.  

I offer training and support to help beekeepers who want to be a mentor but want to learn how to teach and guide.  It’s one thing to show others what you do, it’s something else entirely to take the next step and teach beekeeping beyond your own experience.

I can provide the education, training and support resources so that you can be the best mentor you can be.  Not only that, I can provide you with support and access to resources beyond your own so that you can really go the extra step to help those you mentor be their best as well.

Sign up to be a BBE-Tech Apiary Services “Metro Mentor” and bee the best mentor you can bee.

Naming Honey Bee Colonies In 2017

I always name my hives.  I see each colony as an individual organism.  This year, I will start hives from swarm captures, structural removals and from hive splits.

I have decided that all new colonies originating from a swarm will get their names from Greek/Roman mythology.

All new colonies originating from structural removals will get their names from Norse mythology.

All new colonies originating from hive splits will get their names from songs.

The first structural removal colony is coming next Tuesday.  It’s name will be “Frigga“.

The first hive split that will happen will be done this coming Sunday from my existing hive “Lucy” (named after “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”).  The split’s name is going to be “Arlene” from “Who Do You Love”.

As I conduct each action, removal, capture or split, I will document it on this website and it’s name will be decided then.

As long as they fall in with the above described parameters, suggestions are welcome.

First Cutout of 2017 Scheduled…Again

A very patient man in Bellevue, NE has contracted me to rescue and relocate a honey bee colony from his house.

He waited all Winter and according to forecasts at the beginning of the week,  today was the today.   Until it wasn’t 

Instead of the sunny, 70 plus day we anticipated, it was only low 50’speed not warming up to like 61 until about 4pm.  Not ideal conditions to remove brood in.


I was able to use the endoscope to see inside the entrance the bees are using.  So now, next Tuesday will bee the big day.  Thanks so much to this very patient guy who is willing to wait to get things done right.

Say hi to our bees-to-bee.

I Do Bee Rescue For A Living, You Can Help

So yes, I run a business which is rescuing honey bees and bumblebees.  When I’m not doing that, I am a beekeeping coach, instructor, train beekeeping mentors, teach beeswax crafts classes, and do presentations for people who are not beekeepers.

l remove honey bees and bumblebees from locations that conflict with health and safety with people and animals.  I do charge for the professional removal as they were going to pay an exterminator to remove the presence, why not pay me?  This service requires me to have the things you would expect from a professional.  The proper tools and equipment, the necessary training and knowledge, business liability insurance, etc…   I ran a local pest control business for over five years, finally I had to choose between bee conservation and pests.  I choose to remove the bees and the bee nests (according to the State of Nebraska, bee nests should be completely removed whenever possible to prevent structural damage and health concerns).  I then work to close up the area so as to prevent future occupation by bee swarms.

After successful removal during which great care is taken to keep the bees calm and to prevent inciting a stinging frenzy, I take the colony or swarm to one of two locations.  Before moving them from the removal site, I test and assess to determine health conditions.

If the colony is strong (usually common in a good sized swarm) they are taken to the teaching apiary at B &  B Farms.  This allows them to build for future production and to be included in the hands-on beekeeping trading workshops and retreats conducted on site.

If the assessment determines the colony is not healthy or strong enough for the production/teaching apiary, they are taken to a special “recovery” Apiary to begin the process of being self-sustainable.  Once future assessment indicates they are strong enough and healthy enough to be self-sustainable, the hive is moved to the production\teaching apiary.

The “production” is honey, beeswax, nucs and queen rearing of our collected, successful “survivor” colonies that have shown successful adaptation and desirable traits important to managed beekeeping.

Want To Bee A Hero?

While I do charge the clients for the removals as it requires the appropriate tools, equipment, training and knowledge about bees, that pretty much covers the removal itself.

The ongoing care and equipment necessary to help build up distressed colonies and get them to the point of being healthy and self-sustainable requires ongoing nutritional care and equipment.

This is where our Bee A Hero program comes in.  For $1.00 a month, you get a monthly digital newsletter that updates you on our activities, events and the ongoing status of various rescued bee colonies. 

Those contributions help me to keep up with nutritional and equipment needs of those colonies at the “recovery” apiary.  Our goal is to build an “army” of Bee Heroes in the number of 2,500.

 Imagine a group of people that big helping bees to survive and thrive who are also learning more every month about the beehind-the-scenes work of bee rescue.

You are the next generation of bee ambassadors to teach and influence others in your community about helping our beneficial pollinator bees to be self-sustainable and have thriving colonies.

Sign up by clicking the button link to Bee A Hero.

Bee Besos/Bee Kisses Just For You

Bee Besos

$2.00 each or 6 for $10.00

AKA “Bee Kisses”.  A small beeswax flower made from 100% natural beeswax with no added perfumes, colors, etc…  Makes a terrific gift, has dozens of uses.   With every Bee Beso, you are helping to rescue distressed honey bees and bumblebees in the area.  These little beeauties help us to keep the proper equipment, tools and resources on hand to properly remove and relocate bee nests that might otherwise be killed.

  • WIck-less Candle. – Melt in a candle melting device such as those used for melting candles.  Enjoy the Scent of Summer as the beeswax melts having an effect of positive ionization on the air in the room and used by many as a great to let their cares melt away and relax.
  • Thread wax.  Help yourself thread a needle much easier by running your thread across the beeswax to stiffen it up and let it slide right through the eye of the candle as it is supposed to do.
  • Natural Waterproof – If you want to keep a nail or a screw from rusting or have metal objects glide smoothly against one another, rub them with the beeswax and let natures toolbox help you fix things properly.
  • Invite In Style – melt a beeswax flower and when used with an embossing tool, it makes for the most intimate seal on your graduation, wedding and other special occasion invitations and notices.
  • Several other creative and imaginative uses for the beeswax and the little bee that attends it.

BBE-Tech Apiary Services at Mini-Makers Faire at DoSpace

I will be at the Mini-Makers Faire in the DoSpace on 72 & Dodge on Saturday April 15th.

My display will include examples of the tools, equipment and methods used to build bee hive’s, to perform live bee swarm captures and live removals from structures, and in making beeswax craft items.

Since the DoSpace seems to frown on the idea of taking a live observation bee hive inside, I will also have a “digital” bee hive on display.

So many people never get to see what goes on beehind the scenes in working with bees.  As a professional apiarist, I use these tools and equipment regularly whereas the vast majority of people may have little to no opportunity to see how all this works.

If you are interested in seeing how things work and watching people use creative, innovative ideas to get things done, come on out and visit me at the Mini-Makers Faire Saturday.  I’ll bee there all day.

Also, I will have information on how anyone can bee a hero and help keep bees alive and thriving.

Bee there or bee square.


When I say I’m a professional

Often I am asked what is the difference between a professional apiarist and not being a professional.  It’s a great question.

I look at beeing a professional as…

  • Treating clients and customers with respect and dignity.  That doesn’t mean I kowtow or am deferential and I most certainly do not think it means that the “customer is always right.”  It means I will treat people with all due respect and courtesy as called for, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
  • It means performing services and providing products that are of the best value and quality as I am able to provide.  I don’t cut corners, I don’t “cheat”.
  • Being a professional means being accountable and responsible for what I do.  I have business liability insurance as part of being responsible.  I have set procedures and best practices in place so that there is less chance or opportunity for unnecessary errors.
  • Beeing professional means being able to explain not just what is going to happen or how it happens, but being able to give detailed, understandable reasons, details and facts in explanation when talking with clients and customers.
  • I use proper tools, equipment, materials and procedures because just “making do” can cause more problems than it fixes and you don’t hire a professional to just “make do”.
  • I invest in myself, my education, my training, my access to resources, continually.  Things change all the time, a professional is expected to keep up with those changes as related to their work.
  • I admit that I am human, I will make mistakes, I will have errors.  When that happens, I will do my level best to make it right.

There it is, when I refer to myself as a professional apiarist, that is what I am talking about, that’s what I intend to deliver each time, every time, all the time.  That is what you are paying for, the absolute best I can bring to the table.


Bee Rescue and Rehabilitation

I provide;

  • Swarm Capture.
  • Remove Honey bees and nests from business and residential structures.
  • Remove Bumblebees and nests from business and residential properties.

Both honey bees and bumblebees build nests to live in.  In most cases, the places they build those nests work out just fine to keep them healthy and thriving.  However, sometimes they end up making new nests in locations that make it difficult for them to successfully co-habitats with people.

In far too many of those situations, people have tried to exterminate the bees out of fear and misunderstanding.  In other situations, the bees become extremely defensive because of the close traffic to the location of their nest which creates a public safety hazard.

By making the effort to perform a live rescue of the bees in situations where there is no alternative but to remove them from the area, I can keep more colonies of bumblebees and honey bees healthy and alive and remove any safety issues for people who unfortunately found themselves unknowingly to be seen as a threat to those colonies.

At BBE-Tech Apiary Services, we relocate only those bees and bee nests which are in unresolvable conflict with human and animal habitat.  Of those we do rescue and relocate, I take them to a rural “rehab” bee yard which offers seclusion, an abundance and diversity of forage resources and careful oversight to get them to a status of being healthy and thriving without unnecessary intervention.

When you hire professional bee rescue rescue service providers like Tony Sandoval and his apprentices and assistants, you are getting an experienced, knowledgeable apiarist that is insured and is a registered contractor with Nebraska to open the structure the bees are in, remove them safely, repair the the structure, and create a win-win situation for everyone involved.

By hiring a professional apiarist, you are helping to ensure that the bees being rescued have access to plenty of reliable beekeeping equipment and tools that are used to keep the bees safe as possible and do the best quality work to put everything back together.

Don’t kill bees.  Choose BBE-Tech Bee Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Call Tony Sandoval at 402-370-8018 and bee a hero!

Tees for Bees Advertising Opportunity

Do you want to support the rescue and rehabilitation of distressed bees? Do you want people to know your business is supportive of bees and beekeepers?

An excellent advertising opportunity is now available in connection to the Bee Smart “Tees for Bees” mini golf tournament.

Contact me directly for details about getting your signage where bee lovers can see you support the bees.