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  1. Re: Texas Family Swarmed? Expert exterminator says "GOTCHA!"

    This guy's a great resource for educating the public about bees:
  2. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    It costs me a whole $35 (per year) to get the appropriate permit to charge people for bee removals - the apiary/beekeeper registration is free (and optional if all you are doing is keeping a few...
  3. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    It mostly comes down to money. If you charge for your removal services, you need a permit (which requires that you be a registered beekeeper).
    Texas Bee Laws, Rules and Regulations [PDF]
  4. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Today I spoke on the phone with Bill Baxter, an assistant inspector with the Texas Apirary Inspection Service (TAIS). I had a couple of questions regarding doing cutouts.
    Here are my two...
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    Re: Cut Out "Success Rate"

    I think you mean tomorrow night (Tuesday). But I have a conflict this month and won't be able to make it. Perhaps in July.
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    Re: Cut Out "Success Rate"

    I've attended the Harris County Beekeepers meeting a couple of times, but it's been awhile (their meeting place is closer). I never felt particularly welcomed. Nobody was rude or mean to me, but...
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    Re: Cut Out "Success Rate"

    Take a look at this nice write-up from the Harris County Beekeepers Association: Texas Bee Laws and Regulations [PDF]. It gives some details on Page 4. My understanding is that you need to be a...
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    Re: Cut Out "Success Rate"

    Tom,
    I got started by watching/assisting with a couple of bee removals at our church. In the last 10 years, we've probably had 5 or 6 colonies move into the sanctuary walls and/or attic space. A...
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    Cut Out "Success Rate"

    I've done a 4 or 5 cut outs now (either assisting or on my own), but I haven't been very successful with having the colonies survive or stay put more than a couple of weeks. Of the cutouts I've...
  10. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Another question for you Rob. When talking to the TAIS, did you ask about the use of bee vacuums for removals? Thanks.
  11. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Rob -
    The "removal permit" asks for which counties you'll be doing removals, so I assumed that would cover inter-county transport of removed bees (my registered apiaries are all in the same...
  12. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    Here's a nice writeup about current "bee law" in Texas: http://www.harriscountybeekeepers.org/PDFdocs/BeeLawAndRegulations.pdf

    As I understand it, if you are doing a removal from a structure for...
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    Re: Nuc with Texas bee's

    It might be state-level treason to compare sumthin' Texan to anything Italian.
    Someday I need to visit a beeyard with pedigree "gentle" bees to see how much difference there is to the 'feral' stock...
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    Re: Howdy from Texas

    Howdy BYOBee. Harris County here. Good luck.
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    Re: Back in the saddle... (Houston, Tx)

    I set out two traps in late March and one was occupied within a week. I had a lot of scouts on the second trap hive last week and captured a swarm in the adjacent field, so I may have intercepted...
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    Re: Bee swarm in my peach tree

    Prepare for sticker shock, but you don't pay for shipping.
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    Re: 1st swarm captured

    Maybe this is a technique well-known to beekeepers seeped in the lore, but what does kicking the metal do? Are you trying to startle the bees into flight?

    Just trying to learn the answers to...
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    Re: Nice Swarm Caught in trap

    Well, I relocated one on Tuesday and got a call about another yesterday (though it had moved on by the time I called back). So maybe it's slowing down, but they're still around, at least in Clear...
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    Re: Full sun in deep south?

    Hmmm. Well then I guess those were some pretty dang big mites I saw last week.
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    Greetings from Houston, Texas

    Our church sanctuary seems to keep attracting swarms, so I decided it was time to stop reading about beekeeping and start making mistakes. The person who has helped extract the last couple of hives...
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