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Honey Bee Rescue was born out of an initiative to save bees. In 2011 We started with just a few hives and a passion for bees on our ranch nuzzled in east Texas about 70 miles from Dallas. We planted fruit trees, got some chickens, cows, and hogs and before it we weren't just an apiary we were a fully functional small family farm. Around 2014 because we were selling a lot of honey we founded our first apiary managed under our sister company Real Honey LLC(realhoney.net). We removed hives to grow our apiary an replace some of the colonies we lost. We learned to become better beekeepers placing the occasional Craigslist add and working with local honey bee clubrs doing free and low cost removals. In 2014 we received a grant from the state of Texas The Young Farmers Grant to expand our apiary to about 40 hives. 2015-2016 were hard years with drought and hard winters and our colonies were reduced to about 20. We learned a lot including how not to store honey supers over the winter (yay wax moths). In early 2017 and the summer of 2018 we started doing our research into increasing our apiary through removals. After learning the industry and watching some of the big name removal company in our area save only 30 hives after removing over 2400 hives, charge outlandish prices for the service, and overall unethical behavior we decided to go into business to really "Save the bees."


  • And the rest is history. Our company is built on the ethical treatment of our associates, our customers, and saving the bees. We work diligently to do what is right and honest.
  • We talk to our customers explaining every step and action we will take to remove bees up front and ensure understanding of the work we will be doing.
  • We pay our associates more investing in retention and employee satisfaction because our company is for them.
  • We employ industry experts as seasoned roofers, carpenters, pest control associates to ensure we have the right person for the right job.
  • We work diligently and competitively to beat the prices of our competitors and do with over 95% of customers who have a competitive bid.
  • We spend the extra time doing the work and invest in saving the bees by using improved equipment as a low pressure bee vac that relocates bees into a full hive, temperature controlled transportation, and feeding newly transitioned bees leveraging existing brood comb for the creation and easing the transition to new hives.

So why do we spend all this time and effort? Aside from really wanting to save the bees, We look long term. Our bees are our investment. Every hive we save will help grow our company and apiary which yields returns year after year not just an immediate smash and grab. This is why we want to save the bees so badly, oh yea and at the end of the day it is simply the right thing to do.

Bee Removal Questions

Bees on Humming Bird Feeder

Honey Bee
Kelly D. - 07/27/2019 2 months ago

I hope you can help me. Bees are chasing away our hummingbirds.
Other than taking down our feeders, is there anything else we can do to make our feeders less attractive to bees?
I keep the level of sugar water in the feeders so low that I think it is difficult for the bees to reach it. I put up a feeder that is supposed to be bee proof (with yellow mesh "cages" around the holes that allow hummers to reach the water, but not the bees). I don't think the bees can get to the water, but they congregate on the yellow cages. I've tried putting sugar water in a yellow tray. The bees loved it so much they brought all their friends. I added water to the tray multiple times a day because they drank so much. I figured drinking that much sugar water wasn't really good for them, so I stopped that after a couple of days. I've tried misting them with water and pointing a fan towards the feeders. Those measures didn't work. When we take the feeders down, the hummers come looking for food and that makes me feel bad. I don't want to hurt the bees, but I'd like them to go elsewhere.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you very much, Kelly Drury

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Honey Bee
Kyle Meinert - 07/27/2019 2 months ago

Hi Kelly,
Unfortunately, I don't have a quick solution for you in this one. In July and August Texas weather melts away all the spring flowers and bees are left to forage for new sources of nectar in less than desirable places. Hummingbird feeders and trash cans etc tend to be the prime targets for their high sugar content. This being said there are a few things you can do. Obviously, there is the do nothing option. Enjoy bees and hummingbirds fight for that sweet nectar. It's nature! But, I am guessing this isn't what you want to do hence the email. The other option is to remove the feeder for a few days/ week and the bees will assume that nectar source has dried up and forage somewhere else. It is best to do this at night (bees don't fly at night). Repeat this every time you see bees. You can also try changing the location or color of the feeder as bees tend to be specific when sending instructions to other foragers. If you move it say to the other side of the house around some physical structure etc it might work too. Or the shape or color is different. Did you know bees can't see red hence the traditional red color of hummingbird feeders!!!
Again best wishes.
-Kyle Owner Honey Bee Rescue

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Honey Bee
Kelly D. - 07/28/2019 2 months ago

Thank you very much for the information and suggestions. I appreciate it. Kelly

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Honey Bee
Kyle Meinert - 07/28/2019 2 months ago

No worries Kelly. I wish you the best. If you could leave us a good Google or yelp review it would be appreciated as this helps support my business!

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Honey Bee
Kelly D. - 07/30/2019 2 months ago

I'll leave a good review. If you don't mind, I have a few more questions. Do bees usually win the battle with hummers? Hummingbirds are very bold and territorial and can be aggressive toward other hummers, but I don't know if they ever chase away bees. I read that bees are attracted to yellow. Is that true? I don't know why the bee proof cages on hummer feeders are yellow, but the bees certainly seem to be attracted to them. That is also why I put sugar water in a yellow tray. Is it a good idea to try to keep the bees away from the feeders by giving them food in a tray placed away from the feeders? When I tried it before it worked, but the bees would go back to the feeder if the tray went dry. It also attracted even MORE bees. I worry about having hundreds of bees in my backyard. Should I be concerned about the bees stinging us or our dogs? When I saw one of my dogs snapping at the bees it worried me and I stopped putting food in the tray. Are bees around all year or do they migrate or hibernate? Thanks again for your help. Kelly

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Honey Bee
Kyle Meinert - 07/30/2019 2 months ago

Foraging bees are the least prone to stinging. They have literally a one tract mind get the food bring it back home. They are harmless to the point you can pet them while they forage lol. Scout bees on the other hand are near end of life and more prone to stinging. Their job is to find new food sources. Did you know this is the most dangerous job in a hive!!! They are the ones that check you out when you are drinking a soda at a picnic. So a lone bee will sting you but a bunch on a bush is ok. About feeding bees, I wouldn't feed bees unless you want their sisters to show up ( most bees are female as males look like horse flies and don't work just eat mate and die). From my experience bees tend to scare away hummingbirds but due to their feeding habits I?m sure nature has found a way to coexist. That being said in my experience hummingbirds do not like to eat around bees aka same place and time. And I have yet to see one change a bees mind and chase them away. Now another hummingbird that's another story! Bees are attracted to pastel colors ( think Easter egg colors) and view them as not intimidating. That's why beesuits are white. On the flip side bees do not like dark colors like black or brown and it triggers some to be aggressive because this is more of a color of an animal or something that would rob their hive. But Yellow = attraction. If you are looking for a natural way to attract hummingbirds there are trumpetvines. These come in yellow to orange red to an almost pink and bloom in the hottest parts of summer providing food for all especially if you water them. But be careful they grow like crazy in Texas. Again please leave me a good review on google and yelp.
Thanks again
Honey Bee Rescue Inc. -kyle

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Honey Bee
Kelly D. - 07/31/2019 2 months ago

Thanks for the info.

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Honey Bee
Kelly D. - 08/02/2019 2 months ago

Kyle, I just posted a positive review on Yelp.
I wanted to share with you how I used the info you gave me about bee behavior to solve my problem with bees on my hummingbird feeder. I put sugar water in a small yellow tray and placed the tray on top of an overturned garbage can. (I put the tray on the garbage can so our dogs wouldn't drink the water. I didn't fill the tray too high so the bees wouldn't drown.) I put a couple of flat rocks in the tray so the bees could sit on the rocks and drink. Initially, I placed the garbage can/tray directly under the hummer feeder. The bees drank a lot of water. I added sugar water several times a day and gradually moved the can farther and farther away from the hummer feeder. Once I had the can and tray out in the yard and away from the feeder, the bees left the feeder alone. I fed the bees in that position for about a day (or less). I then stopped filling it. The bees left because their food source had dried up. The whole process only took 2-3 days. I know another scout might discover my feeder and the whole process will start again. Hopefully, not. I think this worked because the surroundings changed and the directions that the bees gave to their sisters changed. I didn't realize until you told me that bees' communicate location based on the structures in the surrounding area. Initially, more bees came, but I just put up with that for a day or so. I am a wildlife and nature photographer. I was taking photos of a Pipevine Swallowtail on my patio flowers and the bees were flying all around me - even landing on my camera and my hand. But I'm a trooper and kept snapping photos! I sell my framed prints on-line and at art and craft fairs. My husband has taken a few photos - including one of a bee on a bluebonnet. You can see the photo at: http://www.divineinspirationphotography.com/gallery/ I have some new photos that I will be adding to my site and store soon (butterfly, cicada, indigo bunting, etc.).
Thanks again for your help!
Kelly

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Honey Bee
Kyle Meinert - 08/02/2019 2 months ago

Glad we can help. Yea bees are funny things!

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