Today there are many dangers to bees – pesticides, colony collapse, and parasites to name a few. Another difficulty they face in the springtime is finding a suitable space for the hive to develop.
When a successful hive fills out the space it occupies, it will swarm to find a new home. When a queen is not doing well the hive may swarm to start over, or the old hive may become damaged. There are a variety of reasons a hive may swarm, but swarm they do.
We at Lieber Honey are doing all we can to help honey bees survive and thrive.
We invite you to help by participating in our Lieber Honey BeeBox Program – designed to make it easy for individuals, service groups, and communities to help support the health and habitat honey bees need to thrive and provide crop pollination and honey production.
Sponsor a Lieber Honey BeeBox for only $50 and help the world by helping bees.
What is a BeeBox?
A BeeBox is an attractive home for swarms who are out looking for a new place to set up housekeeping. In technical terms, it’s a swarm trap.
In practical terms it’s a box with your name (or your group’s name) on the side that Lieber Honey places at your location to attract homeless bees.
Just keep an eye on the BeeBox. You’ll notice when bees move in.
Then just call us, and the beekeeper will come and pick it up. The bees will be safe and placed in a new appropriate hive box where they’ll be nurtured into a productive and healthy hive.
Why Would I Want to Attract Bees – They Sting?
Good question. First, bees are out looking for a new home so if they’re around they’ll be around whether you have a BeeBox or not.
If you have a BeeBox, it will be very easy for the beekeeper to remove them from your location. The BeeBox will be placed 10’-12’ off the ground out of the way of people. Also watching the bees is interesting, and helping the bees is a good thing to do.
How Does Sponsoring a BeeBox Help Me?
If you have a swarm in your area, it will find a home.
Usually, swarms find their way into the eaves of your home, or into your shed or other outbuilding or container. Typically, it costs between $300-$600 to have a swarm cut out, plus the cost to repair your home or building.
Sponsoring a BeeBox could easily save you $1000 or more.
What’s Included in My Sponsorship of a BeeBox?
You’ll receive an expertly installed BeeBox at your location with your name, or your group’s name, painted on the side. A beekeeper will come and remove the bees when a swarm moves into the box — all you have to do is call us. And then we’ll replace your swarm box once we’ve re-homed the bees. BeeBoxes are in place from March until June. Your sponsorship is for one season.
Also, you’ll receive the joy of knowing that you or your group have helped thousands of bees that are critical to our ecosystem and, in fact, our food production and our health as humans.
So, won’t you help the bees today?