The Grand Canyon State

How to control critters

In this great state people often find a very wild west.  Most people when they hear of Arizona think of Rawhide and tumble weeds, Saguaro cacti with scorching heat.  But what they most often don’t think about is the amazing variation in wild life species in Arizona.  Even in Phoenix and Scottsdale there are a ton of variations across these cities.  For instance in some places in both cities there are deer and bunnies to snakes and bees.  The optimal way to control critters is similar to any state but especially if you move out to the Sonora Desert is to learn the nature of these creatures.  Bees for instance have roughly over 1,500 various species.  Some of them like carpenter bees don’t even produce honey.  But those that do are amazing and incredible.  Just Wiki-Apis Mellifera  and you will find some very interesting information on this wonderful honey bee.

Bees, the ecosystem and honey

Just think what would happen if we didn’t have honey bees.  Well the cosmetics industry, agriculture, candle, and food industries to name a few major industries, would all be negatively impacted.  Sure there are alternatives to sweetners, bees wax, and even pollinators; however, the wonderful bee encapsulates all three of these properties like no other, and is such a wonderful part of our ecosystem.  Honey being a huge topic all on it’s own is a subject that is best discussed with a beekeeper such as Derek with  Derek has been a beekeeper in Arizona for over 5 years now and has some wonderful stories about removing and relocating bees, but also about the wonderful properties of honey.  Just Google – Properties of Honey You will find things like: being an eternal food, medicinal, antiseptic, cleansing, high quality super food properties and even a biblical land flowing with milk and honey type info.  It is all related to the very sought after properties of this food that makes it so popular.  But relating to Controlling critters discussed earlier, what can we do to save them?  Well Derek discusses that too in his Abello Bees YouTube Channel.  Basically you can place watering tools out for the bees, you can become a beekeeper or you can even have them safely removed and relocated from your property. It is incredible the amount of bees that are killed or mishandled and not saved properly.  Everything from Free Bee Removal, to “oh those bees can’t be saved”, or “oh all bees are Africanized”.   Derek has explained how that information is simply bunk lies that the extermination companies or the beekeepers in the state who want to hype up the “killer bees” in order to make a buck or two.

Bee Removal

So what do really good beekeepers really do to save bees?  Well for starters they are just crazy and Wild at Heart, or in our case Wild Right from the Start.  These beekeepers get in there and start to remove and relocate bees safely for the entire neighborhood.  Derek has explained it as simply imagining bees behind a surface or inside of a structure where they can regulate their temperature and expand and build their colony.  Essentially think of it like a big bee box but inside where ever they have taken up residence.  The typical place is inside of a house.  It is usually behind stucco or inside of a wood frame, between studs and hanging from the top down.  The typical honey comb is inside, but brood comb is also inside of the structure.  The bees maintain the hive regardless of the outside temperature and keep the hive from melting and falling apart.  The area where the bees are located simply needs to be opened up to expose the hive where the beekeeper can then gain access to remove the bees safely and the honey comb and brood comb.  Most people don’t realize the bee relationship to the hive, or comb, is a symbiotic relationship.  If you remove the comb and leave the bees or vice versa both will eventually die.  Not to mention the dead beehive will create a beacon for new bees to move into the area.  The moral of the story is, if you have a bee problem go to the link above and give Derek a call.

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