We have an interesting relationship with bees on the North Coast. For ages the green monoculture of sugar cane that was all pervasive here before urbanisation began in earnest, created a fairly hostile environment for them. Bees don’t do well if they don’t have bio diversity around them so bee keeping was not an option here.
But with development, strangely, for the bees, it all changed for the better. Many estates planted bee-friendly landscapes to replace the sugar cane and it wasn’t long before the bees were back in business.
While most people enjoy the honey that bees produce and the health supporting properties of organic honey are well documented, there is a general awareness that swarms of bees can kill. They do so fairly regularly in Africa. The African Bee is known globally as the killer bee and is much more aggressive that its placid European and American equivalents. It is also much more productive which makes bee keeping in this part of the world rather fun.
When a queen bee decides to spread her wings in search of a new adventure, she sets off accompanied by a myriad of loyal supporters. These are the swarms that occasionally make their way into places where they are not really welcome – like your ceiling…
While they are on the move, these swarms are generally docile and not to be feared. But when they set up shop in your home or garden, they can become a problem.
Trevor Thompson is a local bee keeper who also offers a humane bee removal service. He loves bees and builds his own hives to create the perfect conditions for them to thrive.
He is also a wonderful resource for excellent organic honey on the North Coast.
If you have a bee problem or are thinking of setting up a little apiary business here, you should definitely contact Trevor. He’s a great guy and happy to share his passion for bees.
Trevor Thompson 082 770 8376