Are you interested in helping out our pollinators? Here are some things YOU can do!
Plant pollinator friendly plants and trees!
That solid, green lawn you're so proud of? It's not so good for biodiversity, and there's a good possibility that the chemicals you are using (both pesticides and herbicides) are bad for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators! Ouch, right? So here's the good news! Take back some of the time you spend tending the lawn, and tend to nature instead! Mow and trim less often, plant some clover, and let those beautiful dandelions go! Plant some native, flowering plants and trees, and add a water feature! Even consider putting out a bowl or water, with some marbles in it, or even a clean towel in it (to reduce drownings) so that pollinators can stop in for a drink!
Avoid the poisons!
Reduce use of pesticides and herbicides, whenever possible. Especially neonicotinoids, as these have been proven to be deadly to bees. If you feel compelled to use these things, and maintain a partial or fully manicured lawn, consider using harsh chemicals after the sun goes down or before it comes up! This is when the bees should be at home in their hives!
Donate, Keep a Look Out, Sponsor, Rent, or Own!
Donating ANY AMOUNT or some of your time, will go toward maintaining a bee refuge, and supporting beekeeping efforts! You will receive a thank you letter, a certificate, and a picture of some of the bees you are helping, while you can feel great about helping the environment! Keep in mind that donating your time may or may not involve working directly with bees, and may simply involve moving things around, or general/manual labor, as well as helping to get the word out over social media and other platforms. If you have the time and the inclination, please call us and we will try to find something together!
Keeping a look out for honeybee swarms, and colonies that might have accidentally ended up making a home in a building, tree, or other structure that is a little too close for human comfort, is a great help! Let us know about the situation and we will do our best to help by either dispatching someone to rescue a swarm, or referring you to a reputable person or company that can help with a cutout, removal, etc. and even get rid of some of the nasty flying, stinging insects like wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets!
Sponsoring a hive involves YOU providing money for a new colony, a new hive, or both, WITHOUT you having to keep it at your place! We will do all the rest, and send you a picture of what your sponsorship provided! Multiple hive/colony options are available as well!
Renting a hive? Really? Well, yes! You can arrange to rent a hive (or more) for placement at your home or business, without having to become an expert! Imagine how expensive in time and money it can be to attend classes, do research, to purchase the right equipment, to locate and purchase or capture bees, and then accidentally killing them or learning (the hard way) that beekeeping isn't for you? It can be a lot of work, and we certainly find it rewarding. But you may not have the time, energy, or inclination to work or move beehives. They can weigh well over a hundred pounds (and they contain thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of wild, stinging bees that tend to get upset when they are messed with)! The solution might be renting, and having an experienced beekeeper come out and take care of the bees. And guess what? At the end of the season, we can either come out and remove the hive, or you can purchase the hive and keep it for next year! Multiple hives available, and a rental agreement with a pre-paid, refundable deposit is required.
Call us today to find out more! (816)520-5456
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