Bee Related Onsite Job Support

I rent PPE gear (personal protection equipment) such as beekeeping jackets and hats/veils to businesses involved in outdoor work that occasionally find themselves interacting with flying, stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets.

I also offer “bee management” services to help calm bees and offer advice to workers to minimize stings and avoid distressing bee colonies or inciting a stinging frenzy.

Work areas that find these types of support services very helpful are free cutting, structural restoration/construction, pest control, lawn maintenance/gardeners, etc…

If you find yourself facing bees or other similar stinging insects, having access to PPE and support to minimize stinging behavior can help get jobs done safely, quickly and in higher quality due to not being distracted or rushed.

PPE: These items are available for rental on a daily or weekly basis.  (May be picked up, jobsite delivery is available at a nominal extra fee)

  • ventilated, “sting proof” jackets and veils.  
  • Leather, elbow length gloves to reduce stings to hands and reduce accidental “squashing” which causes pheromones to be released, inciting increased stinging behavior.
  • Cuff straps to close pant legs and shirt sleeves to prevent stinging insects from climbing underneath clothing.

Jobsite Bee Support

  • It can be very useful and effective to have a professional apiarist on-site to help reduce bee colony distress and consult on effective methods of working around flying bees and reducing stinging activity.    
  • Scheduled on-site job support is available billed by the hour.   Emergency  support (apiarist on-site within 2 hours) is sometimes available.

Bee Support For Storm Repairs

A day in the life of a professional apiarist.

Got a call today from a local company that specializes in rebuilding buildings after structural damage.  That would be Paul Davis Restoration.  They called while a crew was stalled in the LaPlatte, NE community waiting to cover roof damage to a historical building.

The crew noticed bees, not being sure what type of bees they were, and instead of calling an exterminator, called me for assessment and assistance to keep their crew safe during the cover up until official action can be determined.

 

I worked the bees at the nest entrance, they were indeed and obviously honey bees, and made beekeeper jackets and veils available for the crew to use.  I advised them how to work around bee traffic and nest entrance activity to reduce possible distress to the colony and causing aggressive, defensive behavior.

No one was stung by the honey bees and no harm was done by the crew to the honey bees.  Hopefully, when it comes time to determine what to do next, they will call me to do a live removal of the colony.

I really do want to thank and commend Paul Davis Restoration and their crew for taking such care and giving such consideration to beneficial pollinators such as honey bees in the course of their work.

 

I’ll Bee There For You

I was at another of my beekeeping coaching clients place recently to make my preliminary inspection as I prepare to take on apiary management duties while they are out doing their work in the upcoming busy season for them.

Basically, it’s what I call my “back-up beekeeper” service to step in for short times while clients are otherwise occupied focusing on things taking a higher priority in their lives for the time being.

I manage hives for people when they have to travel extensively for work.  I step in for those experiencing sudden illness or similar issues.  I hold down the fort when people find themselves about to go on extended leave for a vacation or educational endeavor.

It all starts with my sitting down with the beekeeper to find out their objectives and strategies

 

Mind Your Beeswax at Mangelsen’s

I will teach my first beeswax craft class at Mangelsen’s on the last Saturday of June.

I am pretty enthusiastic about teaching beeswax crafts classes at Mangelsen’s.

As for now, the schedule looks like beeswax crafts classes will happen there once a month on the 4th Saturday at 11:30 am.

What’s up for the very first class?  Think picnics and packing lunch to go.

More details coming very soon.

Bumblebee Nest Relocation 130th & Q

Bumbles found a place to build a nest in a compost heap.  Unfortunately, the people there still work that compost heap and the bumbles weren’t very thrilled with that.

Fortunately, the people, Lexie and Geoff Sutton in the Millard area of Omaha, are avid gardeners and friends of nature.  They think it’s great the bumblebees want to hang out and take care of the flowers.  Just not in a place they have to interrupt the bumbles to do the gardening.

So, out we went today to take the bumbles out of the compost heap and move them to a better place still on the property.  Awesome people to bee such good friends to bumbles.

 

So, you chose “free” bee removal, what next?

Did you have or will you have a hobbyist or amateur beekeeper offer to remove bees for you for free but they don’t do repair?  I can help.  I am an experienced live bee removal professional and handyman.  My specialty is opening and repairing buildings for the purpose of live bee removal and ensuring they get repaired so as to prevent future inhabitation and proper procedures and exclusion methods to prevent environmental integrity issues after the bee nest is completely removed.

My services are not free but you won’t regret getting things fixed right after a bee nest removal.

Beekeepers, are you offering to do live bee removal for “free”?  Structural and repair work not your “thing”?  Consider collaborating with me to open and repair the location properly.  You get your “free bees”, the property owner gets things repaired properly to prevent environmental hazards and having bees move in again.

Because they aren’t paying for the bee removal part, they can still get things handled more affordably and done properly.  

Make it a win-win for everyone bee-cuz you know an S.O.Bee always gets your back.

Working with integrity

I am a general contractor focused on small scale repair, assembly and installation AKA  a “Handyman”.  My specialty is in relation to working with live removal of bees nests from structures like houses, commercial buildings, roofs, walls, sheds, garages, decks fences and other places the bees prefer to find to move in.

Any work on buildings and related structures requires a focus on types of integrity.  For example;

When working to repair something because it’s unsafe, unstable, needs to be reinforced, enhanced, etc… is “structural integrity”.  

Doing work to make a change in appearance, design, to improve visual cohesiveness and to take something that has become an eyesore and make it presentable again are cases focused on “cosmetic integrity”.

When doing work to achieve the effective removal and prevention of safety and health concerns such as insects, mold, water, rot, etc… are examples of a focus on “environmental integrity”.

Being that so much of my work is related to removal of bee nests, it stands to reason that my primary focus is on environmental integrity.  Not only do I need to remove the pest presence, I need to exclude it and prevent it from recurring.

Most contractors and handyman types are most familiar with structural and cosmetic integrity.  Far fewer know what needs to be done when it comes to environmental integrity.  I am able to include that knowledge and experience with me as I have worked extensively in the pest management field and as a professional apiarist.

Of course, even when I am working on jobs that are not bee related, I am focused on integrity.  People have a desired objective in getting any work like this done.  It needs to be more stable, stronger, versatile, specific in appearance and more.  I work to give the client those desired results or an acceptable alternative.  Let’s face it, sometimes we face obstacles that require a different approach than originally planned.  My goal is to provide the best possible outcome to the intent of the job.

If you need a bee nest removed from a building and cannot hire me to do the live removal, but are able to find a beekeeper who will get the bee nest entirely removed, make sure that whoever you get to finish up the repair work has a good understanding of environmental integrity so as to not have to go through that again if at all possible.

If we’re gonna do it, let’s do it right.

What Do I Do When I’m Not Working Bees?

As a registered contractor in Nebraska, I can take on certain specific jobs outside of bee related services.  Because bee related services are weather dependent and seasonal, I also am able to provide some outdoor and indoor repair and assembly/installation services.

  • Fence installation and repair
  • Siding repair
  • Roofing repair
  • Gutter cleaning and repair
  • Cement repair
  • Office furniture assembly and installation
  • Office equipment assembly and installation
  • Office/warehouse shelving

If your business or residential/commercial properties management needs some attention to any of the above tasks, please consider contacting me at 402.370.8018.

When a cutout is more than a cutout

I love to see videos and photos of live bee removals.  I learn something from each one I watch.  That and I really like to see bee stuff.

Something that I think that bears mentioning though is how often the repair of the structure goes unaddressed.  Putting the structure back together is just as important as getting the bee nest out.

As a matter of fact, there are some that too often leave the impression that once getting the bees out, it’s all over but the relocation.  Sadly, I know too many beekeepers who are just in it for the bees and will leave the structure worse off than they found it after they have gotten the bees.

No, I’m not saying every beekeeper who does live removals does this, but there are still far too many who do.  

In any structure that is inhabited, the removal of both bees and the next are crucial.  The nest must be removed even if the combs won’t be kept or used.  Leaving pollen and honey filled wax combs behind is leaving “roach bait” to create another problem.

Left behind old comb in a structure can attract other pests such as roaches, ants, spiders, mice and many others that if not attracted to the combs, are attracted to those critters that are attracted to the combs.

This represents a health threat because of diseases and sanitation issues caused by the presence of those pests.

It also represents a structural threat because the melting of the wax leads to rot of pollen and fermentation of the nectar and honey.  This can stain walls, floors, and ceilings and smell horribly.  The presence of the rot, decay and fermentation can also lead to mold, mildew and fungus growth in the walls and voidspaces.

The old comb, ALL of the next, MUST be removed.

Once bees and nest are completely removed, the job still isn’t properly finished.

The voidspace should be filled so that new comb cannot be built in the same space.  In addition, exclusion methods should be implemented to prevent bees from even accessing that voidspace again.

Reasonable efforts should be made to not only remove bees and the nest but to prevent it from happening again.

I can’t tell you how many cutouts I’ve been called to finish up after a hobbyist came and hacked open a hole in a roof or wall, vacuumed bees out and then walked away with their “free bees” leaving the residents high and dry with a mess and more problems.

This is why I approach live bee removal as a pest control service first.  I am there to help people solve a problem.  I am a registered contractor with the state.  I have business liability insurance to cover my work.  I have invested in having the right tools and equipment not only to remove bees alive but to do structural repair as well.

If the bees survive the removal, and sometimes they don’t, it’s a great thing, mission accomplished in terms of bee conservation.  Even if the bees don’t survive, I finish the job at hand.  I make sure that the client not only has the bees removed, the nest is removed also.  The opening made to access the bees is probably cleaned, filled and closed as completely as possible to make it look like it hadn’t even been opened.  At least to not have it look like a hack job.

There is so much more to live bee removal from houses and buildings that are in use besides getting the bees.  

Bee Rescue Scheduled Friday May 12. Watch It Live

I have taken to posting live updates during bee rescues on the BBE-Tech Apiary Services Facebook page.  The first one this year was last Friday and seems to have had some good response and local following.

I plan to do live updates again throughout the removal of a honey bee nest this coming Friday from a house.  The bees built a best in between the floorboards of the house above the garage.

Once again, I intend to take you along in each step of the process to help people appreciate the industrious-ness of honey bees.  I also want to show people why live bee nest removal is important for safety, health and structural concerns as well as conservation.

You can find the Facebook page by clicking on this link or by searching for @gbacrescue on Facebook.