Before you blast that beehive…

Terrifying! But ecologically important. Photo by Bilby.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in learning more about bees and colony collapse disorder, you should head to one of the Laemmle Theaters this weekend to see VANISHING OF THE BEES, a new documentary on that very subject. It’s narrated by Ellen Page, who I’m pretty sure I saw in Whole Foods once, so I have a personal interest in this film.

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Let’s face it: Honeybees are jerks. They fly around your face, buzzing and buzzing, trying to get you to swat them so they have a legally bulletproof excuse to sting you. They’re the Nelson Muntzes of the animal kingdom. If they were bigger than us and had hands, they’d constantly be imploring us to Stop Hitting Ourselves. So when you find a beehive on your property, your first reaction might be to call in Seal Team Six.

But wait. Little snots that they are, honeybees play a valuable role in the natural environment. They provide free, natural pollination to commercial crops, valued in the billions of dollars. They also produce honey, without which we would not have the hilarious adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. So it’s important to maintain the bee population, particularly in light of their recent decline in population.

Fortunately, the Backwards Beekeepers are here to help.

The Backwards Beekeepers is a community of organic beekeepers working to preserve the honeybee population in and around Los Angeles. As part of their mission, they offer removal services for nearly any beehive found on an LA property.

Just call the Beekeepers’ Google Voice number, leave a message detailing your address and a description of the beehive (where it is, how big it is, whether the bees are enormous and radioactive, etc). Since it’s a free service, they can’t always help everyone who needs it — particularly if the beehive is in a really hard-to-reach spot — but they’re providing a valuable service to both homeowners and the environment.

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One Reply to “Before you blast that beehive…”

  1. Another reason to save the bees is that we are facing a pandemic of hive death. Have for a few years, something is getting them so saving what you find in the wild plays an important role in keeping the species going.

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