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Bees Can Be Saved with Professional Help

June 24th, 2015

Bees Can Be Saved with Professional Help

When the experts from Honey Bee Rescue Farm arrived, a resident of Albuquerque had already decided she didn’t want to exterminate the colony.  She chose to get educated and take action to save her hive of about 6,000 bees.

Most bees are not aggressive but a large colony in your yard or near your house can cause trouble.  Many homeowners assume extermination is the only solution, but in fact there are beekeepers out there who will help.

When this Albuquerque homeowner discovered the hive, she knew it was too big to handle alone.  So she called Ray Espinoza, a local beekeeper, for assistance in making her porch safe again.

The removal was a delicate, step-by-step operation that involved removing bees from the colony, then cutting a hole in the porch wall to remove the waxen honeycomb.  Any bees still hanging out were vacuumed up and placed back with the hive.  The whole colony was transported about five miles from the home by another beekeeper.

Services for humane bee removal are comparable in cost to extermination, but it behooves homeowners to act fast.  Bee colonies can multiply quickly and involve other houses.

“That colony could’ve easily turned into 40,000 bees in the size of the cavity that they had to live in,” Espinoza said.

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