Swarms! OMG! What do I do? If you see a swarm like this one, or flying by or just in general a large group of honeybees…please remember….DON’T PANIC!!! It’s very important to contact a local beekeeper. There are many sites on line, calling, emailing…whatever. Just make sure you get some basics before you go screaming for someone to come and save you! First, don’t spray them. Second…where are they? In a tree, bush, side of a building, how high are they? Will a ladder be necessary? …Third…where are you? We need street names, address and cross streets to help guide us to you. Give all this information to whoever you contact. And don’t be surprised if they ask for even more information. We will also ask that you monitor the swarm in case the swarm moves on before the beekeeper gets there. There is nothing more frustrating that arriving to find out the bees flew away a hour before. Photographs are always helpful. Beekeepers generally do not charge for this service if it is a swarm and not an established colony. But a cold drink and refreshments are always welcome for a tired beekeeper.
707-490-5001 707-836-7278 Bee aware and leave a message if we don’t answer! All calls are important to us…text us if you can…helps to locate the bees ahead of time!
Once again we are raising nucs…we are taking order for spring 2017. Preparations are underway at the hive to make new space for the new boxes. We are cutting back trees and planting lots of new forage for the girls. If you are interested in doing some prep work and learn about bees at the same time…drop by on the nicer days if you see me parked at Bloomfield. I’ll put you to work and teach you about bees at the same time. The bees won’t appreciate it but I will…and you will benefit from the experience.
It may seem early to you but I can confirm the flowers are beginning to bloom and the girls all know it. WE have to stay ahead of the girls this time of year to prevent swarming. Equipment prep is essential and general upkeep is necessary. I am placing “Swarm catching boxes” in all my apiaries. This is crucial for new beekeepers to understand. Bees swarm and if you don’t catch them before then at least provide a possible catch box for them if you miss them…you still might make it up to your girls this way…
This delicious and nutritious nectar from flowers is a sweetness few can resist! Aside from its common use as a sweetener, honey has many health benefits as well. Honey is high in vitamin E. It helps the body replace tissue and promotes the growth of new skin. Propolis is in all raw honey and just check out the new research into just that one byproduct. Honey has been used since ancient times to heal cuts, burns and skin ulcers. It reduces inflammation, swelling and pain. It contains hydrogen peroxide, which acts as an antibacterial. Nature’s own antibiotic medicine. For the bees, it is a carbohydrate – the energy that gets them throughout the day (hint, hint).
Honeybees are the ONLY insect that produces sufficient quantities of an edible food for humans to collect and consume. Thank your local bees for food and pollination.
From the Wine Country in Northern California, Bloomfield Bees Honey bring you fresh, raw, unheated, unfiltered gourmet honey from bees raised without chemicals, with what we like to call ” The best danged honey you’ll taste!” Our girls are foraging all over Sonoma and Marin counties and bringing us very tasty varieties of honey.
We have honeybees in an apple orchard, that make a spring honey that is sweet and buttery tasting. Blueberry and Cherry Blossom produce light but not very sweet honey. The next crop the bees pollinate is blackberries, which is a hands down favorite! In Sebastopol, wildflower has the most floral honey taste. And there are so many more – wildflower, blackberry, star thistle, orange blossom, lavender, blueberry, apple blossom and clover.
Our honey is always raw and we are love for our customers to taste our fine selection. If you are at a market please stop by just to see if we have added a special new honey, which we do from time to time!
We also prepare honey and propolis soaps, lipbutter, hand salves and our Foot Magic is antiseptic, antibiotic anti-fungal and antioxidant. Bees make propolis with these medicinal benefits and we use it to improve any product that we can. Our propolis tinctures are hand shaken daily and they take six months to infuse without using heat (which destroys all the good things!) Candles from beeswax create such a fantastic smell, that they are a joy to just look at, in addition to burning. We specialize in hand-dipped pair and skinny dipped pair candles that burn extremely well and add such a warm glow to any environment. Nucs, which are half hives and queenbees are available only locally, at this time. As dedicated advocates of the honeybees, we are committed to education of the public, swarm removal services, starting new beekeepers and all things that are the honeybee. – Geof and Jackie Whitford live in Sonoma County.
In addition to the wonderful honey that bees provide there are many products of the hive.
We also prepare honey and propolis soaps, 2 types of lipbutter, hand salve, chest and skin rub and our Foot Magic is antiseptic, antibiotic anti-fungal and antioxidant. Bees make propolis with these medicinal benefits and we use it to improve any product that we can. Our propolis tinctures are hand shaken daily by Jackie and they take several months to infuse without using heat (which destroys all the good things!) Candles from beeswax create such a fantastic smell, that they are a joy to just look at, in addition to burning. We specialize in hand-dipped pair and skinny dipped pair candles that burn extremely well and add such a warm glow to any environment. Nucs, which are half hives and queenbees are available only locally, at this time. As dedicated advocates of the honeybees, we are committed to education of the public, swarm removal services, starting new beekeepers and all things that are the honeybee.
There are two kinds of bee extractions. One is capturing a swarm of bees outside on a tree, fence or bush. The other is a wall extraction, where the bees have moved into a wall of your house, barn or garage.
If you have a cluster of bees on a tree, fence or wall, there are things the beekeeper needs to know:
What is the property address with cross streets?
What is the actual location of the swarm on the property? (Ten feet up in a tree?)
Are they really honeybees? If they come out of a hole in the ground, they are yellow jackets. If they are dull yellow, they might be honeybees. If they are in a mud nest or a paper cone, they aren’t honeybees!
How long have they been there?
How big is the swarm? Baseball, football, basketball sized?
Who is the contact person, and what is the phone number?
If you are lucky enough to have a cell phone take a picture or two (keep your own safety in mind!) and send it to the beekeeper.
What NOT to do
Don’t spray the bees with poison, water or anything! Do not try to interfere with the swarm. The swarm will hang there until the scout bees have found a suitable new home for them. This could be 2 hours or 2 weeks. If the bees just got there, their stomachs are full of honey. If they have been there several days, they are getting hungry and may be more aggressive. If the bees are not on your property, then you MUST have the ok of your neighbor and the beekeeper has to speak with them, before removing the bees.
Call Bloomfield Bees Honey for local bee swarm removal service or wall extractions.
707-836-7278 or 707-409-5001
We cover most of Sonoma County and Marin County in California.
Bloomfield Bees Honey offers “Nucs” and Bee Hives to Northern California Beekeepers
We are still taking orders for this year…contact us.
Nucs 2017 (contact us for alternative sources for 2017)
Our Nucs sell for $200. This includes 5 frames (2 food, 3 brood and their queen) in either your equipment or a transport box (for a fee).
Our bee hives are not being sold this year. Our bees are a mix of Italian and dark Russian. Your nuc contains queen and brood in 8 frames or 5 deep frames. Although we are not selling full size hives we are offering “catch boxes” for the beekeepers. This unique way of catching your own swarm is as old as beekeeping. Simply put out an old box with old frames and you might…”might” catch one.
We do not ship our bee hives. You must be able to pick up your bee hive at 1295 Bloomfield Bees Honey in Sebastopol, CA.