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Does rescuing bees really help?

There are many people who freak out when they find a beehive in the walls of their home or yard and immediately want to hit the hive with some kind of poison or call an exterminator.

We suggest an alternative: take a pause and remember how important our little pollinator friends are to our food supply.

There are many bee rescue organizations that someone can call, depending on their locale, who will come out and safely relocate the hive the way the American Honey Bee Protection Agency does (Epic Honey's official bee partner).

You want to find someone who knows what they're doing, however.

When rescuing bees it is important to remove the queen. Once you have removed the queen, you can remove the rest of the hive successfully, as the bees follow suit of the queen.

If we go to a property to remove a beehive and do not get the queen in the first visit, our policy is to return to get the queen within 3 days.

If there is a group of bees that are statically clinging in a ball, that could be a sign that we did not properly remove the queen bee on the first visit and rescue.

In instances such as this, we go back out to the property and do what we call a “re-suck” to make sure that we acquire and rescue all of the bees and relocate them and their hive to a neutral location, where they will be cared for.

When a bee rescue and relocation is done at nighttime or dusk, it’s more likely that we will remove all of the bees in the first visit, as they are all back at the hive, finished with foraging for the day.

Bee rescue is a valid way to maintain bee life and the integrity of a hive without having to kill or exterminate the bees, which are the official pollinators of Texas.

To learn more about bee rescue and relocation, you can visit — ahbpa.org

Proceeds from the sale of Epic Honey go towards these rescue and relocation efforts.