Bee expert knows his honey

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  • CUZ
    July 14, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Hey Albert. I am proud to have a family member that is in tune to our environment. We need more people that are passionate enough about saving creatures that benefit our world. Good on ya. Us Canadian's Luv Ya for what you are doing. Keep on going and you'll bee the next Billy!!!

  • HoneyLover
    July 14, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    A few comments.

    The bit about the bees and dolphins: I compare honey bees to dolphins, fairly friendly unless provoked. I compared Wasps to sharks, aggressive predators and scavengers. This comparison was not clear.

    General Contracting slowed down a couple years back so I decided I would turn to my hobby. I realized there was a need for a specialist in removing bees from homes in Utah. Homes have plumbing, electrical, supports water barriers and more. As a licensed G.C. I am insured, a beekeeper is not.

    Hives I remove are placed in farms, gardens, orchards and fields. Alfalfa is typically a good place to have them, BUT if the alfalfa is sprayed or cut too soon there isn't anything worth a lick for a bee. I strive to save bees and place them in areas suitable to them. I want them happy and healthy!

    UtahBeeRemoval has information on saving bees, pollination in Utah, honey, and more. If I don't remove the bees, in most cases they will killed. BeeFriendlyUtah saves bees and recognizes others for doing the same.

    We need bees, just not in our homes.

  • attentive
    July 14, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Just my two cents here: I live in an area that is almost totally alfalfa fields. About 5 years ago there were so many bees pollinating the fields that we just took them for granted. I don't raise stock or alfalfa but I'm friendly with the ranchers and farmers who do. They told me that they always tell the crop duster (who sprays for weevils that destroy the alfalfa) that he shouldn't spray until AFTER the bees have pollinated the fields. Every year since about 5 years ago, he seems to spray earlier and earlier and as of this year, I have seen NO honey bees at all. NONE. Last year we had some buzzing around our chimney after the crop duster went over some fields near our house, this year, no bees at all. I don't think there is a parasite; I think the bees are being destroyed by pesticides. It seems to be a logical observation considering the timing of the sprayer and the bees pollinating the fields. I hope that the bees will make a return and recovery. People are now pollinating trees in China because there are no bees.

  • geedub
    July 14, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    This is terribly abusive to the poor bees. I'm calling PETA. Bees are people too.

  • HoneyLover
    July 14, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Hives can be transported, but need to be mature stable hives. To become a mature hive, a hive has to last the season and make it through the winter. Last winter, in Utah, many hives did not survive.

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly
    July 14, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    I agree with Hunam. The story was well far as it went, but seemed cut short.
    A good follow up would be to interview some of the small-time honey producers around UT. I used to get honey from a home-based outfit in Nephi a few years back.

  • Woody
    July 14, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    The hive is put in a box that is about 18 inches cubed. It will include frames with a paper to start new combs. It can be easily loaded into a small truck. As the hive grows additional boxes are added until it is about 4 or 5 high. One box will be a nursery, one honey for the winter, and the others are to harvest honey. The frames are removed. The wax is shaved off the top with a hot tool. The honey is spun out in a centrifuge. The empty combs are put back for the bees to replenish. In many locations farmers will pay for bees to be placed near flowering crops. Today there is a shortage of bees because of a parasite problem.

  • Hunam
    July 14, 2010 6:23 a.m.

    Cool story, though shorter than I'd like. So how did this guy get started de-beeing? And are the hives transportable--it appears they relocate the hives, so does he have a field somewhere filled with hives?