Does anyone want my bees, isn't there a shortage?

Way back in the day ;) beekeepers used to line up to collect bees, however in the 1980's & 90's, there were two harsh changes in the industry causing many beekeepers to stop collecting stray hives, and also to abandon beekeeping altogether.

  • First, In the 80's diseases that were never around before began plaguing and killing the common European Honey Bee; no longer could a beekeeper run out and collect bees, throw them in a box, and harvest honey come fall.

    • As a result it requires a specialist with a rescue system in place to give the rescued bees the best chance at survival as well as insure a pestilence does not affect the other hives in the apiary.

      • This is why all hives rescued by Asher Honey Bees first go into a quarantine area and are only exposed to our honey production apiaries once they are healthy.

  • Second, in the lower US, bees have become more aggressive due to the spread of the Africanized Honey Bee (AHB) which has crossed over from South America creating in the process a hybrid honey bee now stretching from Southern California through Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and several other states.

 

For these two reasons it has become harder to find an experienced specialist to remove bees from a structure, home, or building. Asher Honey Bees specializes in Honey Bee Removal and is fully insured and is trusted throughout Oklahoma and Texas by Property Management Companies, Power Plants, City Municipalities, The State of Oklahoma, OU Medical, Compass Group, Multiple Banking Institutions, and a plethora of residential customers. We are here to help to contact us click here.

There are three types of bee collections available.

Honey Bee Hive is an established colony that will require, Asher Honey Bees, an experienced & insured specialist to perform the removal from the structure. 

Honey Bee SWARM will be a ball of bees hanging together to protect the queen while they look for a new home. In this stage the bees are very harmless and only interested in 2 things protecting their queen and looking for a new place to establish a new hive. In this "Swarm" stage we have a full list of beekeepers that would love to come collect a swarms. The collection process is simple, collect the bees and put them into a hive or transport container. Once relocated into a hive box these bees can grow into a productive hive.

 

Honey Bee Swarm Trapping Services: For problem areas that tend to attract swarms regularly, we offer ; this responsible proven method of honey bee swarm capture. It delivers a high success rate, by offering the honey bees a more attractive home to move into, encouraging them not to move into your home or business.

How can I keep from getting bees?

If you have recurring honeybee problems each year there may be several reasons why, the most common being that the bees are being attracted back by the smell from past hives or wasp nests, were perhaps it was not removed effectively including cavity sanitation or not removed at all. This could be in a chimney were a fire was lit and the honey has melted into the brick or it could simply be a bee hive that was killed on the side of the house. Learn more about preventing future bee infestations and how to keep bees away here.

What are Africanized Bees or "Killer Bees"

This is a loaded question requiring a more in depth discussion please visit our Africanized Bee informational page click here.

 

I have a lot of flowers in my yard, is this attracting the bees to move into my property?

No, bees typically fly up to two miles away, sometimes even further, to gather nectar and pollen. The amount of shrubbery should have little or nothing to do with a hive moving onto the property.

 

Honeybees are somewhat random in their selection of where to start a hive, though there are some things we know. Prior hives left in walls will attract bees frequently; often times the attractant has been old wasp nests that have opened up the cavity and their scent attracts the bees who take over the cavity for their new home. Eves, wall and ceiling cavities are the most common locations in a structure that bees will exploit. They only need one small hole or gap to get in! Swarms in a structure will look for similar cavities to locate in often honey bees will chose the same cavity around the corner or in a nearby structure.

I came home and found bees near my windows, help?

Often a phone call will come in with a home owner saying, "I have bees inside my house and up against the window" or "I came home and found dead bees near my window?"

 

In both cases honey bees are either scouting your home, determining if it's a place they want to move the swarm in to set up a hive, or they have already moved in. In either case if it is new and they are honey bees it's important to call a specialist immediately. Many people leave it alone hoping they may go away, or they try spraying them, then when the bees disappear in the evening and the home owner doesn't see them before going to work in the morning. They may think the bees are gone. It's likely the bees simply went to sleep for the night.

Honey Bees

  • There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone.

  • The queen may lay 800 to 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime.

    • This daily egg production may equal her own weight.

    • She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.

  • Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.

  • Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food for humans.

  • Honey bees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive; however when resources are sparse honey bees will travel up to 5 miles.

  • Honey bees are the only bees that die after they sting.

  • Honey bees are responsible for pollinating approx. 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.

  • Honey bees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front.

    • Honey Bees also have hair on their eyes!

  • Honey Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).

  • Honey bees never sleep!

  • Utah enjoys the title "The Beehive State"

  • The Honey Bee is the state insect of Oklahoma

Honey

  • Asher, Oklahoma is home of Asher Honey Bees which produces Central Oklahoma Honey

  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.

  • To make one pound of honey, the honey bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers

    • fly over 55,000 miles...

    • and will be the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees.

  • A single honey bee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

  • A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.

  • Honey Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.

  • Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.

  • A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.

  • Honey never spoils.

  • It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honey bee's flight around the world.

  • Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey.

  • Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.

  • The top honey-producing states include California, Florida, and South Dakota.

   Honey Bee Beehives   

  • A wild populous colony may contain 100,000 to 600,000 bees during late spring/early summer

  • Typical domesticated and beekeeper managed hives contain 40,000 to 100,000 honey bees

  • A honeycomb cell has six sides.

  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.