May 12, 2021/From the Hive

First Swarm Call of the Season

I would have never guessed that the first swarm call of the season (May 8, 2021) would come from Denver. I figured by the time I called and found a local beekeeper in Denver willing to pick it up, I would be thirty minutes away. Naturally, it has been cold and rainy ever since, so […]

May 15, 2020/From the Hive

Who knows what time it is?

Propagation time of course;) This particular swarm, first tried a shallow cavity in the homeowner’s back yard tree 16 feet up from the ground to call there new home. I suppose the scout bees convinced everyone that is was “big enough” and got overruled on the cavity’s size to house everyone once they arrived? A […]

October 22, 2019/From the Hive

The Chimney Crew

We were contacted about honey bees living in a chimney off and on over the past ten years. After the initial inspection, it appeared that one side of the flue was capped off with a piece of plywood. Unfortunately, the wood began to warp at some point, creating access to the chimney for the bee colony. […]

October 14, 2019/From the Hive

The Play House Crew

This started out as what I thought would be a “quick relocation” because the homeowner said that she first noticed bees flying in and out of the play house about three weeks ago. That should have been my first red flag, because I have done several relocations when homeowners say something similar. I don’t think they are intentionally […]

September 14, 2018/From the Hive

The Sprinkler Box Crew

This is the second time I have relocated a honey bee colony that thought the sprinkler control valve box would be a great location. This one was on the UCCS campus, and I was connected to it by way of a fellow member of Pikes Peak Beekeeper’s Association. It must have been a fairly small swarm for the […]