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16 November 2018

Rustenburg – We’ve all heard of the dreadful African killer bees... Or as we call them here “BEES”. Despite being known for their delicious honey and their ferocious sting, bees need your help.

Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem, and they’re dying! 
As they harvest nectar from different plants to create their honey, they also pollenate numerous plant species. Bees pollinate at least 70% of crop species that make up most of the world’s food.

Without these busy little bees, we may lose not only all the plants that they pollinate but also all the animals that eat those plants. 
This will wreak havoc on the environment and our food sources.


Honey bees have been dying out across the globe and scientists believe this is due (in part) to dangerous chemicals used to manage bee infestations.


According to manager of The Bee Man in Rustenburg Hennie Oberholzer, prevention is better than curing the infestation.


Trees that are not trimmed correctly is one the biggest culprits. When cutting branches, it is important to cut at an angle so that water cannot accumulate and the “wound” needs to be sealed. If this process is not followed, it attracts ants that hollow out the tree and create the perfect habitat for bees to move in.


Bees also colonise roofs, wendy houses, water features and floorboards that are not sealed properly. Church roofs are some of their favourite places because of how the roofs are built. When they decide to nest in your roof, it’s because they found an empty cavity where they can build their nest.

Bees only need a small hole in order to gain access to your roof and start making honeycomb.
“Bees are on the verge of extinction and must be protected. People need to be informed of the important roles they play and what to do when you do have an infestation,” said Hennie.


Bees arrive with nothing but their queen. 
A swarm usually consists of 1,000 to 10,000 bees, depending on the size of the colony from which they descend. Once a colony has been established, they begin to build the infrastructure within the colony, starting with wax cakes. 


From day one worker bees bring nectar, pollen and water, creating a balanced household within the colony. As soon as there is honey and young bees, they start protecting the hive and become a hazard. There are various ways to move bees, but it is advised to rather call in a specialist.

For effective bee removal call owner of The Bee Man in Rustenburg Hennie Oberholzer on 076 756 0801.

 

Hey there honey!

 

The gap in this structure is like an open invitation for bees to move in.

 

Smoke is used to make the bees drowsy for easy removal.

 

A honeycomb in a wooden frame.

 

Owner of The Bee Man in Rustenburg Hennie Oberholzer.

 

Bees moved into an ant hill.

 

A honeycomb in a wooden frame.
Danika Pretorius of the Platinum Weekly newspaper.

 

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