Honey Bees Rescue

 Honey Bees Rescue

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

Honey bees are a very important part of our ecological system but, at times, they can be a nuisance at TGO when the colony decides to make their home in and around our homes.  This happened on June 24, 2014 at Dude and Pat Peel’s birdhouse on Sunset Drive and earlier this year on Twin Lakes when a colony decided the eaves of a house was the bees’ perfect home site and they moved in.

Due to the honey bee’s integral part of our ecological system and a declining number of these pollinators, there is a no kill method of dealing with nuisance honey bees which we should all adopt.  It starts by calling Sandy Juba!

Sandy contacts a beekeeper, Kim Powell, who will come to TGO and remove honey bees without killing them.   They will continue to be productive pollinators outside of TGO.  On the Peel’s birdhouse, Kim estimated there were about 5,000 honey bees.  That was a lot of saved bees!  See the photos below taken while Kim was removing these bees.  Click on any photo for a closer look.

Please – if you find a colony of honey bees at TGO, do not call an exterminator who will kill the bees.  The honey bee is too important to our ecosystem to be destroyed.  Call Sandy Juba (her phone number is in the TGO phone directory) and let’s do our part to save the honey bees!

 

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Kim is getting the birdhouse and bees ready. Kim estimated that there were about 5,000 bees in and around the Peel’s birdhouse.

 

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Kim is checking the birdhouse.  He waited until he thought all the bees were back at the birdhouse to capture as much of the colony as possible.  Notice he is doing all of this without any shoes on!

 

 

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Kim talks to the small group who gathered to watch the bee capture.  He used the sheet to cover the birdhouse.

 

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Kim is about ready to cover the birdhouse with the sheet.

 

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Ready, set, cover!

 

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Not one bee (or Kim) was hurt during the bee capture!

 

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Kim arranges the sheet to contain the bees.

 

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Kim checking the bees.

 

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Kim bringing down the sheet covered birdhouse.

 

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Jack Juba can be seen behind the tree assisting Kim.

 

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The sheet covered birdhouse and bees are coming down!

 

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Well, Kim, that’s one way to carry the birdhouse loaded with bees.  Kim said that there were also carpenter ants on the birdhouse.  How did he know?  They were crawling down his neck!

 

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Kim carrying the birdhouse with honey bees to his truck.

 

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…Almost there…

 

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Sandy and Jack Juba help Kim unload the birdhouse from his head into his truck.

 

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The thousands of  honey bees are secured and ready to be taken to their new home where they will continue their important work of pollination.

Wasn’t this a better option than killing the honey bees?  It sure was interesting to watch.  A big TGO Nature Center THANK YOU to Kim Powell and Sandy and Jack Juba and to Dude and Pat Peel for choosing to not have the honey bees killed!

To learn more about Honey Bees and why they are so important, click on this Honey Bees link.

 

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