Do You Need a Beekeeper in San Diego?
If so you have landed on the right page.
As a company, D-TEK has been in the business of managing bees for 12+ years in the Greater San Diego and Orange County areas. We are excited to announce that in the near future we will be opening up our own apiary in San Diego County. It’s still a work in progress but it’s getting there. Our bees will be producing the best raw honey, raw pollen and beeswax and honeycomb. We will also have beehives available for purchase or rent for those who would like to try their hand in becoming a beekeeper.
The major arm of our business has been to remove honey bees from residential properties humanely – without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals. Following bee removal, it is our practice to deliver those bees to our local bee farm in San Diego. Once the bees are introduced to their new habitat, the bees do what they do best in their natural habitat – pollinate plants and produce amazing natural products like honey and propolis.
With over a decade of doing this, we can confidently say that we can teach a newbie a thing or two about the ins and outs of becoming a successful beekeeper.
What does it take to start a bee farm (apiary) ?
Here are the major pieces of equipment you will need to get started :
- The hive structure – You can buy or rent a hive. It really is a matter of preference and of how long you intend to run your bee farm. If you are in for the long haul for instance, it might be smarter to actually buy a hive.
- A smoker
- Hive tool
- Protective bee suit so that you don’t get stung unnecessarily
D-TEK Live Bee Removal offers consulting services for $200 hourly to the beginning beekeeper and beekeeper enthusiast.
Cost of Beekeeping
The cost for starting your own bee farm differs because everyone has different needs and end goals. Nonetheless between purchasing protective equipment, the beehives and other accessory needs, starting costs between $1000-$3000 are to be expected.
How much honey can I expect from bees ?
This depends on how strong your colony is as well as on the weather. During the warmer months and with a healthy colony you can expect around 50-100lbs of honey from a hive.
What should I do if I get stung by bees ?
Bee stings are not deadly unless you have a history of bee/wasp related allergies. In case of the latter, we highly recommend you seek medical attention immediately. If you don’t have allergies and the stinger is still attached to you, pull it out quickly by simply scraping it off with a fingernail, or the blunt side of a tool (knife, hive tool, etc). Once the stinger is pulled out, you should be alright.
Can I keep bees in my backyard ?
While you certainly could keep your bees in your backyard, it is important for you to make sure you are adhering to your city and state laws when it comes to bee-keeping and especially so if you will be running the operation close to other residential properties. Find out from your local authorities exactly what the laws are before you get started.
Where can I buy a beehive to get started ?
You can rent or buy a beehive from D-TEK Live Bee Removal if you live in the Greater San Diego and Orange County areas of California. We will even come over to your property and make sure it is properly installed. We will also provide you with instructions on how to take proper care of the hives.
In addition to our live bee removal services and bee hive rentals we offer the following products from our bee farm: raw honey, raw pollen, beeswax and honeycomb.
Feel free to call us at 760-224-3040 if you have any further questions about beekeeping.