BEECASSOS' NEW SANCTUARY

An amazing new location for Becassos' new sanctuary. This is where your bees go to live when they are relocated. They have a safe haven with plenty of food and water and miles of orchard lands to pollinate! SAVE THE BEES!

How you can help the Bees!!

How you can help the Bees!!

Plant bee friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden and yard.

Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices, pristine green (but flower-barren) sprawling suburban lawns and from the destruction of native landscapes. Just planting flowers in your garden, yard, or in a planter will help provide bees with forage. Avoid chemically treating your flowers as chemicals can leach into pollen and negatively affect the bees systems. Plant plenty of the same type of bloom together, bees like volume of forage (a sq. yard is a good estimate).

Here are a few examples of good plant varieties: Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax. 

Weeds can be a good thing!

Contrary to popular belief, a lawn full of clover and dandelions is not just a good thing—it’s a great thing! A haven for honeybees (and other native pollinators too). Don’t be so nervous about letting your lawn live a little. Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for native North American bees. If some of these are “weeds” you chose to get rid of (say you want to pull out that blackberry bush that’s taking over), let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back!

Dont use chemicals or pesticides to treat your lawn or garden.

Yes, they make your lawn look pristine and pretty, but they’re actually doing the opposite to the life in your biosphere. The chemicals and pest treatments you put on your lawn and garden can cause damage to the honeybees systems. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get into the pollen and nectar and be taken back to the bee hive where they also get into the honey—which in turn means they can get into us. Pesticides, specifically neo-nicotinoid varieties have been one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.

Buy local, raw honey.

The honey you buy directly sends a message to beekeepers about how they should keep their bees. For this reason, and for your own personal health, strive to buy local, raw honey that is from hives that are not treated by chemicals. It can be hard to find out what is truly “local” and truly “raw”–and even harder yet to find out what is untreated. Here’s a few guidelines: If you find it in the grocery store and it’s imported from China, don’t buy it. There have been a number of cases recently of chemically contaminated honey coming from China. If it’s coming from the grocery store, but it doesn’t say the words “pure” or “raw” and you can’t read in the description that it’s untreated by chemicals, don’t buy it. If it’s untreated, the label will say, as this is an important selling point. We recommend a simple solution for most people. Go to your farmer’s market and shake hands with the beekeepers you meet. 

 

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Bees are thirsty. Put a small basin of fresh water outside your home.

You may not have known this one—but it’s easy and it’s true! If you have a lot of bees starting to come to your new garden of native plants, wildflowers and flowering herbs, put a little water basin out (a bird bath with some stones in it for them to crawl on does a nice trick). They will appreciate it!

Understand that honeybees are not out to get you.

Honeybees are vegetarians. They want to forage pollen and nectar from flowers up to three miles from their hive and bring that food back to provide food for themselves and the beehive. Contrary to what the media might have us believe, they are not out to sting us. Here are a few tips to avoid getting stung. 1. Stay still and calm if a bee is around you or lands on you. Many bees will land on you and sniff you out. They can smell the pheromones that come with fear and anger it can be a trigger for them to sting you. 2. Don’t stand in front of a hive opening, or a pathway to a concentration of flowers. Bees are busy running back and forth from the hive, and if you don’t get in their way, they won’t be in yours. 3. Learn to differentiate between honeybees and wasps. Honeybees die after they sting humans (but not after they sting other bees!), wasps do not. Wasps are carnivores, so they like your lunch-meats and soda. Honeybees are vegetarians. 

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Here comes the Queen!

Here comes the Queen!

A successful live bee removal with Beecasso! 
If you look closely you can see the queen. This hive was safely removed and relocated to a Beecasso Sanctuary. 

BEECASSO LIVE SWARM REMOVAL 101

BEECASSO LIVE SWARM REMOVAL 101

Beecasso is focused on education, and we would like to begin with showing you some techniques in live bee removal and relocation. 

This is the first of many videos to come of 'How To Save The Bees.

Live swarm removal with Beecasso. No bees were harmed during this removal. They all gathered inside the box within 10 minutes and will be safely relocated to a Beecasso Sanctuary.

DID YOU KNOW?...

DID YOU KNOW?...

Interesting facts about the Honey Bee

Did you know...

  • Honey never spoils. No need to refrigerate it. It can be stored unopened, indefinitely, at room temperature in a dry cupboard.
  • Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and was still edible (a little dry) as honey never spoils because it is naturally anti microbial. (Anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti everything nasty) which is why it's also such an incredible healer.
  • Due to the high level of fructose, honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar . . .
  • Honey is created when bees mix plant nectar, a sweet substance secreted by flowers, with their own bee enzymes.
  • To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.

 

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  • To keep their hives strong, beekeepers must place them in locations that will provide abundant nectar sources as well as water.
  • In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.
  • Honeybees are one of science's great mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world changed around them.
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
  • Bumble bees make honey by gathering nectar, but only enough for their season's use. They hibernate in winter and only have small a colony, with a queen and several workers to forage. The queen rears the young.
  • Did you know that bees have 4 wings?
  • The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour.
  • How many eyes does a honeybee have? Five.
  • The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day, without sleeping.
  • In the cold winter months, bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight. They are fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.
  • Honeybees do not die out over the winter, but reduce numbers by throwing out the old, the weak and drones. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months and patiently wait for spring by forming a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm. They may forage on sunny days and collect nectar and some queens will lay, but less.
  • It takes 35 pounds, or about 16 kg of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter.
  • Honeybee colonies have unique odors, much like your house smells different from other people's. All the individual bees in a colony smell enough alike so that the guard bees can identify them.
  • Nurse bees work inside the hive. Their job is to make royal jelly, feed and clean the larvae, queen and drones.
  • House bees clean away the dead, make wax and comb, heat/cool the hive, receive nectar and make honey, put it into the comb, sealing it with wax.
  • A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive.
  • In order to produce 1 kg of honey, about 4 million flowers must be visited.
  • A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce 500 grams of honey.
  • A honey bee flies at about 24 km/h (15 mph).
  • One bee colony can produce up to 150kg of honey per year.
  • An average worker bee makes only about ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • At the peak of the honey-gathering season, a strong, healthy hive will have a population of approximately 50,000 bees.
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  • A Cornell University paper released in 2000 concluded that the direct value of honeybee pollination to U.S. agriculture is $14.6 billion annually.
  • We should appreciate honeybees for their honey and pollination services. 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
  • Honey is the primary food source for the bee. The reason honeybees are so busy collecting nectar from flowers and blossoms is to make sufficient food stores for their colony over the winter months. The nectar is converted to honey by the honeybee and stored in the wax honeycomb.
  • Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
  • Not a spinach lover? Eat honey – it has similar levels of heart-healthy antioxidants!
  • One powerful antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey and propolis.
  • For years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats before performances.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
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  • Honey has the ability to attract and absorb moisture, which makes it remarkably soothing for minor burns and helps to prevent scarring.
  • Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
  • As recently as the First World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver oil to dress wounds on the battlefield.
  • Modern science now acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and moulds.
  • Queen Anne of England, in the early 1700's, invented a honey and olive oil preparation to keep her hair healthy and lustrous.
  • According to Dr. Paul Gold, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, "people remember things much better after they've consumed glucose, a form of sugar found in honey."
  • Beeswax is made from tiny glands on the worker bees abdomen and melts at 62 -65 degrees C.
  • Honey is nature's energy booster! It provides a concentrated energy source that helps prevent fatigue and can boost athletic performance.
  • Recent studies have proven that athletes who took some honey before and after competing recovered more quickly than those who did not.
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A New Sanctuary

A New Sanctuary

Here at Beecasso Live Bee Removal our main focus is the preservation of honeybees. Just recently several bee species have been put on the endangered species list for the first time, now more than ever we need to be conscious and aware of the vital role bees play in all of our lives. Honeybees are major pollinators of the planet, they create 90% of the food we eat, they pollinate the trees that sustain our life. 

Every time we remove a hive from a property it is safely relocated to a Beecasso Sanctuary to thrive, or donated to beekeepers and apiarists in California. Today was an amazing day as we have a new bee lover in our midst.

Beecasso is setting up new beehives at a wonderful new location. We Want to thank Jacoba who is helping with the preservation of the honey bees by keeping bees on her property and who is working to getting more people involved and working to get more locations for Beecasso bees.

Thank you so much Jacoba.

 

Why are bees so important?

Why are bees so important?

You may think that bees are just producers of honey that occasionally get trapped in your conservatory, but in fact they play a vital part in helping provide at least one third of the food we eat. Bees are essential in pollinating both crops and other plants – especially those which grow in your garden and the wild – and without them there would be no-one to provide what is a vital service. Animals eat the plants that bees pollinate just as we do, and fruit trees would not provide fruit without pollination. This is a major consideration when talking of the plight of the bees.

Why are bees dying?

Bee-keepers have noticed a vast increase in the numbers of bees dying in recent years, and there are many theories as to why. None have been proven, but some hold more water than others. A phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder was first observed in the USA and involved entire colonies of bees dying out, and while there have been instances in the UK it is not considered to be a major cause. More likely causes are the increased use of insecticides and other chemicals, plus the rise in the growth of genetically modified crops. Also, non-native bees – there are many more species in this country now and only 25 native species left – may be responsible, and mites that carry diseases have been cited by some sources. All we know for sure is that bees are dying, and that it is a problem that is being largely underestimated.

How can i help?

Bees favor certain types of flower that can also enhance a garden, and providing these is relatively simple. Look for cornflowers, buddleia and poppies, plus fruit trees and shrubs, rhododendron and other flowering shrubs. If you can, create a wild flower section in your garden for bees thrive on many types of commonly found wild plants. You may also consider keeping bees, an interesting and rewarding hobby that need not be expensive and also provides you with honey, if you have the space!

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Our Professional Services Include...

Live Honey Bee capture and relocation * Swarm removal *Carpenter bee removal * Wasp Removal* Africanised Killer Bees* Yellow Jacket Removal * Beehive Installation * Licensed technicians *