Do you see bees going in/out of your home, office, or other building?
Or, have you encountered a swarm of bees that have now formed a ball on a tree or bush?
CALL a BEEKEEPER!
Our professional staff is led by a GA-MBP Master Beekeeper.
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We specialize in performing careful, LIVE removals of honey bees from structures like yours. You would be amazed at what these furry little creatures have been secretly doing in your attic, wall or floor! The good news is, honey bees typically don't hurt your masonry, wood, drywall, plumbing or wiring. They're just looking for an ample space, protected from the elements, to make a home.
We have years of training, education and experience in locating the bees - a feat not so easy as it sounds! We remove the bees alive and do our best to find and protect the queen. We are good at making as small and as few incursion points as possible.
After removing the bees, their wax comb, larvae (baby bees), propolis and nectar, we repair your building by putting back the pieces that we carefully removed and applying the first coat of spackle. Later, touch up paint will need to be applied, which you can do or have done. But, afterward, one would be challenged to notice that we had even been there at all!
Also, we employ strategies to reduce the risk of re-infestation, such as backfilling the location previously occupied by the colony and sealing the bee's entrance/egress point(s), when possible. We will advise you as to what your ongoing, infestation prevention strategy should take into consideration.
The lucky honey bees will be given a new home of their own -- far away from your location!
If you see a ball of bees that has formed on a tree limb, bush or other object (a hanging swarm), give us a call. For a nominal fee, one of us will endeavor to drop what we are doing and come to rescue the honey bees. We will prepare and transplant them to a new home.
We are contacted from time to time by gardeners, farmers and other environmentally conscious individuals who would like to help our environment, improve pollination in their area, and enjoy sweet golden honey, but, they don't really have any interest in becoming beekeepers themselves. If this sounds familiar, you may be asking, "What can Quinn Environmental do for me?"
We can set-up a hive or hives in your yard, farm or orchard, and come by from time to time to manage the colonies. You can be involved as little or as much as you please.
Plus, you can decorate the hive any way that you want - either traditionally or creatively. You can sit in the lawn chairs on your deck, patio or balcony, sip sweet tea (or something stronger), and enjoy watching the "girls" come and go as they carry out their important work. And, finally, you can keep all the surplus honey† each season to put into jars and share with your friends & family.
Our non-beekeeper clients love having honey bees and rave about the accolades that they receive from their neighbors and co-workers. One displays her colorfully-labeled honey in the reception window of her office! Another gives his away as holiday gifts.
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The number 1 reason that bees don't survive from one season to the next is starvation. Are you sure that your bees have enough stores to get them through until the next spring's nectar flow? We can assess your bees' likelyhood of starving this winter and offer time & temperature-related strategies to help prevent this from happening.
Have you heard about Varroa mites? You should learn about them; the mites, and the viruses that they vector to our bees, are the number 2 reason that bees don't survive from one season to the next. We can perform, or assist you in performing, timely and effective mite counts and provide you with treatment options to drastically reduce the risk of opening your hive next spring and finding an empty box.
Other services that we can provide in your backyard or apiary include:
• We can assist you to build beehives right. All beehives are not equal. Many commercially "assembled" hives are cheaply stapled together with little to no adhesive. Recommending proper all-weather materials and supplies, such as treated decking screws in hive boxes and exterior wood glue and cross-nailing techniques in frames, we will help your equipment to hold up for the long run.
• We can help aspiring and novice beekeepers to install new bees, whether from swarms, bee packages or nucs, into their own hives. We also can move hives, and even entire apiaries, from one location to another - short or long distances.
• We can help you to perform important hive inspections as well as track and address the issues uncovered.
• We can assist you to harvest and extract your surplus honey.
• We can help you to catch and hive a swarm.
We are experienced at making presentations to groups, associations and classes on a variety of Honey Bee, Beekeeping, and Pollination related topics. We can even provide an secure observation hive with live bees to captivate the attention of the old and young alike!
† - We cannot guarantee that your honey bees will make surplus honey in any given season. Like anything in agriculture, this is dependant on many variables, including the weather.
A day in the life
of a bee removal specialist...
In modern construction, it is typical that bump-outs and bay windows are poorly insulated and sealed; these make inviting homes for honey bee colonies!
Diagnosis complete. Bees located. Incursion made.
View from below: a healthy honey bee colony above the ceiling of a bay window. "Hi girls! Don't be mad... it's just me the beekeeper here to take you to a wonderful new place to live." The good news is that honey bees don't do direct damage to your framing, wiring or plumbing. They just occupy it quite the same way as we do... appreciative to be out of the elements and have a place to keep our stuff!
Heard of Prince Albert in a can? Well, here are 12,000 bees in a cage! Wax comb, nectar, pollen, and the nursery (brood) are safely removed and tucked away for transport, as well. Time to begin the repairs...
After backfilling the space formerly occupied by the bees - to dissuade future reinhabitation by any other buzzing pioneers that may be in the vicinity - repairs are carried out to put the structure back the way that we found it. We do everything short of the final finish work (painting), which can be done by the homeowner after our spackle and/or caulk has dried.
One would hardly even know that we had been here!
Do you agree?
Here's the last stop: a lovely "honey bee retirement community" at Sheldon Gap in Oconee County, GA - one of several such sites managed by the proprietor of Quinn Environmental. With a nearby blackberry farm (you can even see a small stand in the middle of the apiary - the seeds were probably dropped by a passing bird.) and pond bustling with wildlife activity, these relocated bees live in the lap of api-luxury!
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