Locally Raised & Mated Queens
The social structure of a bee colony is maintained by the presence of the queen and workers. Each colony has only one queen and her primary function is reproduction. But she also produced pheromones that serve as a social “glue” unifying and helping to give individual identity to a bee colony.
So why would a beekeeper need to buy a queen when the bees can make one for themselves? There are several situations where purchasing a queen honey bee is the best idea for the colony. Some reasons include genetics that could boost hygiene to help resist parasites, a queen that can thrive better through the winter, or your colony might not be able to produce their own queen.
If you are looking to purchase a locally raised or mated queen, please contact us.
Bee & Swarm Removals
Honey bees swarm as a natural part of their life cycle, it is how the colony reproduces. If swarms are not collected the honeybees will find a new home on their own, in a place that may not be convenient. Hollow trees, attics, chimneys and underneath the siding of a home are common places bees will swarm
Our standard removal process begins by locating the swarm. The most common locations include ceiling or walls of homes. We use a Flir camera, which picks up heat from bees. After the bees found, a bee vacuum is used to suck them up and the comb is scraped out. Where comb was is then primed, the opening plugged, and lastly the drywall is patched, taped and spackled. After everything is done the bees are taken to the apiary to raise.
Contact us to for help removing bees from inside your home or trees.
Learn about Beekeeping
Mentorship for beginners
We offer early beekeeping education and training to newly minted beekeeper hobbyists—from beginning hive set up through honey extraction. Learn more on our Beekeeping Education page. You can watch videos of tours of our colonies and topics covering general hive/colony maintenance.
- 10 frame setups
- 8 frame woodware
If you are interested in purchasing frames or have any questions, please give us a buzz.
Don't forget to stock up on honey & merch!
Honey & Comb Honey
Our apiaries produce over 2000 pounds of honey each year. We sell both regular honey and comb honey, as well as beeswax. Honey is usually pulled from July to September (sometimes in the spring).
Beeswax & Wax Cappings
We sell both regular beeswax as well as beeswax cappings by the pound. Cappings are a great material for candlemaking.
Custom embroidered hats, shirts, or sweatshirts with our Douglas Bee Apiary logo.