Becoming a bee host allows you to raise bees on your property without all the effort of beekeeping…
Thinking about raising bees but feeling a little intimidated? That’s understandable! It can be complicated and time-consuming to raise bees – especially with all of today’s threats to bee health and habitat to contend with. While beekeeping can be extremely rewarding, it’s not for everyone.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t provide habitat and food for bees – both wild and domestic – by planting bee-friendly plants on your property and avoiding chemical sprays and other pesticides.
But if you want to go further, there are also companies that will set up and maintain your hives for you.
When you become a bee host, you can watch the bees at work, reap the rewards of their pollinating efforts in your garden, and even enjoy some honey – all without the work of maintaining your own hives. It’s also a good way to get your feet wet with beekeeping, as the beekeepers will be happy to share their knowledge with you, and you can always start your own hives when you’re ready.
Here’s a bit of info about how it works:
The services, which range in price but average at about $100 to $200 per month in most areas (not including the initial installation of the beehive), come with a guaranteed amount of honey per year, although not all of it may come from your hive.
You don’t need a huge outdoor space for a beehive. Some of the companies have installed hives on balconies. What’s most important is that you have an area that gets good sunlight and a place where the beehives can live without too much commotion. No letting your kids or dogs knock over the hive.
The company that maintains your hives will check your bees regularly for signs of problems, winterize your hives, and harvest the honey for you. It’s best to work with a company that has plenty of beekeeping experience, and is interested in sustainability and maintaining the health of pollinators and the surrounding environment.
By providing a safe, chemical-free haven for bees on your property, you can support these important insects which are currently threatened by so many environmental factors.
Honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for at least a third of our food supply, yet they’re in decline. According to the National Colony Loss and Management Survey, between April 2019 and April 2020 alone, beekeepers reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies.
You can be part of the solution by offering safe habitat, but if you want even more involvement with bees – without all the work – hosting a few hives on your property is a great option.