Local bee keepers to take on swarming bees

2017-03-09 11:46

BEE keepers, who are Trustees of the Sa-rah Baartman Honey Bee Trust (SBHBT), recently received additional training in the art of removing swarming bees. These bee keepers will focus on removing swarming bees in the areas of Hankey, Patensie, Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

While swarming bees are a natural occurrence in nature, taking place when honey bees want to reproduce their colonies, it is very distressing when they end up in homes or even at schools.

“It can be quite unnerving to have large numbers of bees around, especially if they establish a colony within your house or as in a recent case, at a primary school in Hankey,” says Malcolm Botes, bee keeping mentor of the SBHBT.

This delicate procedure is best managed by experts, such as the newly trained SBHBT bee keepers, who charge a small fee to cover the cost of a call-out. The additional benefit, which is just as important, is that the swarm can be placed into a hive and become part of a productive apiary. This is especially important considering the plight of the honey bee population.

The SBHBT launched a year ago and has already completed its first two harvests. The Trust which is funded as part of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s enterprise development programme, is expected to be operating 500 beehives by the end of this year.

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