I recently had a swarm take up residence in our oven vent, and they started to come into the house. We were about 3 hours from having a houseful of company for a wedding. I love bees, but not in my kitchen. I proceeded to seal up the vent, and then FREAK OUT! I didn't want to kill any of the bees, and being directly above our stove I could't spray any poison down the tube, even if I wanted to. After calming down, I turned to Google for answers. The all-wise "cloud of knowledge" suggested that I give a call to an apiarist (beekeeper), and ask if they'll remove the hive for free. The first person I called, said they'd "come take a look" for $100 minimum. Being on a fixed income, we didn't have that. Thankfully, the second number I called was to raineMaker.
Richard, the owner, explained that time was of the essence. He said he'd immediately stop what he was doing around his property, and drive the 45 minutes to our house. When we let him know our budget was shot for the month, and asked if he would simply bill us, Richard said "we'll work it out".
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In about an hour, an older, long-haired gentleman showed up in a small pick-up. He was eager to help, both us and the bees. Our roof is 30 feet tall (wayyyyyy higher than I'd ever be able to climb up). He sized up the situation, and then pulls out his ladder. Richard scaled the ladder, enjoyed the view of the dunes for a moment, and then comes back down. "I have good news, they realized their mistake, and have taken off". I asked what he wanted to charge, and he said not to worry about it. I asked if I could promote his business, and he handed me a card for his homemade bee boxes.
The separate boxes are stacked for vertical expansion. Each box has a row of 8 top-bars, making things easy for the bees....and the keeper.
The Central Coast needs bees. You need honey. The solution, are bee-boxes. To purchase beekeeping products, or if you need additional information on bees or beehives, contact Richard Soundy (owner). Phone: 805-539-5027. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org