Our Hive Set Up and Maintenance Service works a lot like a swimming pool service. In the spring (usually the first week of May) we install a colony of honey bees in a wooden hive at your site; the way a pool is opened in the spring. Then during the summer months we check on the colony every two weeks to make sure it is healthy and functioning well; the way a pool gets cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Around the first of August, we begin preparing the bees for the winter. After the killing frost in the fall (usually around Halloween) we close up the colony for winter care; just like a pool gets closed for the winter.
If you are interested in having a colony at your site, we come and perform an initial site assessment and introductory visit. During this visit we check to make sure your site is conducive to supporting honey bees. Don’t assume your site isn’t good for bees without checking with us. You don’t need a big yard or lots of flowers to have honey bees. During our initial visit we also go over the basics of how our service works and provide you with information about honey bee safety.
We are asked at times why anyone would be interested in a service like this. What we find is that like swimming pool maintenance there are those who take care of their own pool and there are those who have someone else help them with it. We also find there are lots of people who would really like to have honey bees but either don’t know how or don’t have time to do so. That’s where we come in. We also find that there are people that want to learn how to care for bees themselves and want to follow along as we go through a season together to see if it is something they would like to do on their own. A big part of our mission is to support those interested in learning beekeeping and our service provides an opportunity for you to see what is involved in caring for honey bees.
There is an annual fee for this service. We use the funds we earn from this service to cover the costs of our queen rearing, research, and education programs, which are dedicated to producing local honey bees. Details regarding pricing and terms of service are reviewed during the initial site assessment.
Because of travel related costs we are forced to limit this service to the communities surrounding our Kalispell, MT home base. We are currently servicing Kalispell, Evergreen, Columbia Falls, Creston, Whitefish, Kila, Marion, Sommers, Bigfork, Woods Bay, Lake Side, Rollins, Dayton, Polson, Ronan, St Ignatius, Lone pine and Hot Springs, MT.
Nearly all of our customers have expressed to us how their lives have been enriched by their honey bee experience. “It’s as if the bees have become part of our family” is a common expression we hear.
Please contact us by phone or e-mail for more information or to set up an initial consultation.
The heart of Tamarack Apiaries is our Hive Set-up and Maintenance Service.