The apiary at The Old Anstead Place is currently entering its third year. Our hives are treatment free and allowed to build natural comb. Our bees are all from feral local bees. We sell local honey, pollen, propolis, and beeswax as available. Please check our Facebook page or contact us for availability and pricing.
We currently offer a few bee-related services:
- Swarm collection
- Have a honey bee swarm on our property? We will collect swarms (in our area) that are easily accessed free of charge. DO NOT POISON HONEY BEES!
- Contact us via Facebook or email. Most swarms are only around for minutes or hours while the bees search for a new home. Contact us as soon as possible and provide information on where the swarm is located (both address and what the swarm has landed on), a general idea of the size of the swarm, and when it was first noticed.
- For more information about and photos of swarms visit Wikipedia.
- Hive removal
- We are willing to remove honey bee hives from trees that need to be cut down for some reason. We recommend leaving hives alone unless they are a nuisance, however, sometimes removal is necessary. In most cases we will remove hives from trees for free. Contact us for more information.
- We are also willing to remove bees from buildings under certain circumstances. We are not carpenters and will not repair damage done during removal. We charge for this service depending on the scope of the project. Poisoning these hives is often a bad idea since rotting/fermenting honey and nectar can smell and leak through the wall. Poisoning also does not guarantee new bees will not move in to the vacant cavity. We will work with any carpenter to help ensure the safe removal of the bees and that other bees will not return to the vacant cavity. At this time, we do not perform “trap outs.” Contact us for more information.
- We are willing to locate a hive or hives on your local property for pollinating your crops. We charge $100 per hive located on the property. We expect that no pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide be used in the vicinity of our hives or the blooming crop. When the crop is done blooming we will remove the hive(s) and you can then proceed to spray your crop. Contact us for more information.