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Bees Are Getting Inside the House!

posted on: April 18 2018

Bees are getting inside my house! What should I do!?   We often get calls from panicked residents reporting that bees are getting inside their home somehow. Most often the bees are coming in through a chimney, or kitchen vent but all the resident sees are more and more bees showing up in the windows
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How to Know You Got a True Live Removal

posted on: April 18 2018

There are a lot of companies out there advertising “Live Bee Removal”, when in fact they are a licensed pest control company that kills bees. Some companies do it in a way that can appear as if it was  live removal to the untrained eye, others simply convince the customer that there is no way
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California Master Beekeeper (Apprentice Level)

posted on: January 18 2018

One of the things I love most about beekeeping is complexity of it. There is always more to learn, between queen rearing, honey production, pollination services, and bee breeding you could spend a lifetime trying to master any and all of these niches. This felt especially true this September when I journeyed up to UC Davis to
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Are Honeybees Endangered?

posted on: February 17 2017

As a beekeeper and someone who is around bees and beehives daily, I am often asked about the bee decline and one of the things I hear people mentioning that bees need help since they are endangered. I just wanted to shed some light and clarity on the topic. Are honeybees endangered? No. There are over
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Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee!

posted on: February 17 2017

When you think about boxing the last thing that probably comes to mind is bees, and when you think about beekeeping you probably don’t think much about Muhammed Ali’s classic quote, “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee!“. J R Bees is determined to bring the bee sting back to boxing, we are a
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Save the Bees!

posted on: January 17 2017

The issue of bee decline is becoming more common knowledge but there are ways you can help! Even if you don’t want to put a bee hive in your back yard, you can still have an great impact on bee health and population by making the right choices in your gardens. Planting native flowers and
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So You Want Your Own Hive?

posted on: January 17 2017

If you’re looking to adopt your own local rescue beehive, then you’ve come to the right place. J R Bees has partnered with another locally based small “bee-based” business called You Me and the Bees, LLC, and they are happy to get you set up with everything you need! Whether you are looking to learn
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Here Comes Swarm Season!

posted on: January 17 2017

For most people the springtime is a time for things like spring cleaning, flowers blooming, and the weather taking a pleasant turn. It is a waking time from the slow months of winter, and many creatures eagerly await its arrival. Beekeepers know this season as “Swarm Season”. Honey Bees, like many other insects and animals
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So You Want Your Own Hive?

If you’re looking to adopt your own local rescue beehive, then you’ve come to the right place. J R Bees has partnered with another locally based small “bee-based” business called You Me and the Bees, LLC, and they are happy to get you set up with everything you need! Whether you are looking to learn alongside a more experienced beekeeper and eventually take over caring for your own hive, or you have no intentions of ever opening that buzzing box, they can cater to your needs/desires!   What is the difference between adopting a local rescue hive and purchasing an imported package of bees?? There are lots of variables to consider when it comes down to selecting the bees you want to populate your hive. As with most any topic in beekeeping, there are many different opinions on the matter and this is just mine. I am a strong believer in keeping things local, and I believe this should apply to our bees as well. Local honeybees are more adapted to the regions climates, pests, diseases, and in my experience are more successful foragers in slower months. There are risks to both sides of this issue, local bees can be slightly more apt to swarm or become aggressive. Imported bees can bring disease in from other states, the transportation stresses and weakens the colonies, and they are less resistant to the local pests, viruses and diseases. What to do if your hive becomes aggressive or show signs or swarming? You just read in the above paragraph that one of the risks to having local bees are the possibility of the hive becoming aggressive. This sounds like a pretty serious and it is but don’t let that deter you yet! Temperament is something that is noted during every hive inspection and you can trust that if your hive starts to exhibit aggressive behavior You Me and the Bees, LLC will quickly re-queen your hive with a locally bred queen with a much better attitude! Helpful Links:  http://www.treehugger.com/
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