It is not too late in Texas, for sure. Contact Hambone about nucs or hives for sale, in your area. Or, put you a swarm trap out, catch your own bees. You can build or buy your own wooden wear. I build everything except the frames, which I get from the Dadant dealer in Paris, Tx. There are thread ands videos here, that show you how to build swarm traps out of plywood.
I'm in Arlington, what part of DFW are you at? I can show you how to build your own equipment if you want. I lost my two hives this spring and am waiting for nucs / swarms to become available, so no its not too late at all.
Its not too late to start, you could by a nuc, buy a package, or just buy an established full hive and go from there. You will pay more for the established hive but its up and running ready to go. Sounds like you have alot of resources close, good luck.
If you set up a bait hive you might catch a swarm. I caught two swarms in bait hives this week. I did not have any lemon grass oil to entice them, so I used some old dark brood comb. I have good luck starting nucs as late as September, if you are willing to feed them a lot of sugar syrup. A three or four frame nuc will usually overwinter fine here. Check craigslist for swarms once you get some equipment.
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