About Us

Bee Solutions LLC is a company formed by an experienced
beekeeper. Brett Rheuark of B&L Honey Company has maintained up
to 225 hives for the production of honey and for small pollination
contracts for 27 years. He specializes in the safe removal of honey
bees from structures. Through the efforts of Mr. Rheuark over the past
several years approximately 80% of the swarm calls in this four
county area have been answered. This adds up to 200 to 250 calls
per year. He also holds a commercial applicators license which
allows him to purchase and use restricted pesticides.

The number of swarms will continue to increase as Africanized bees
become established in this area. The reason for this increase is that
the Africanized queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs a day 365 days a year
compared to the European queen that will only lay this volume of
eggs for 4 to 5 months of the year. Because of this increase in
population Africanized bees overcrowd their nest area ten to twelve
times a year resulting in that many swarms. European bees, on the
other hand, will only swarm 1 to 3 times per year. This company was
formed to put up a united defense against Africanized Honey Bees.
According to the USDA Honey Bee Inspection Service, the Africanized
bees have now penetrated Hardin, Orange, Jefferson and Chambers
counties. These bees have an extremely short temper and easily
become hostile with little or no provocation. They are 4 to 5 times as
hostile as European bees and will continue stinging up to 200 yards
from their nest site. It is common for a victim to be stung 75 to 100
times in this distance. We plan to use the USDA-approved method of
setting baited traps around the perimeter of individual sites
approximately every 500 feet to stop the bees from forming swarms
where people work or congregate. With this method the bees can be
safely trapped and removed before they come into contact with people
or livestock.

As a beekeeper, I am very environmentally conscientious since I work
in and with nature every day. To this end captured bees will not be
arbitrarily destroyed. The captured bees will be moved in the trap to a
remote location in northern Hardin County. They will be allowed to sit
for a few days to calm down. Then we will attempt to remove them
from the trap. If they show Africanized behavior they will be
immediately destroyed. If however they prove to be uncorrupted
European stock they will be placed in a standard bee hive and put
back to work in the ecosystem as nature intended, pollinating and
producing honey. This is the only logical solution to the growing
Africanized bee problem. This is the only method used and
recommended by the USDA. This is the only logical solution to the
growing Africanized bee problem. This is the only method used and
recommended by the USDA. The only other alternative is to kill all
honeybees on site, which is now banned by Federal Law under the
Pollinator's Protection Act of 2007. This Law states the prescribed
legal method for dealing with honeybees and other pollinators should
be reduced-impact integrated pest management, which means using
biological and mechanical alternatives first. This includes but is not
limited to, biological lures, traps, and removing and relocating
honeybees alive. Exterminating is permitted as a last resort if no other
means is available or prudent.

Most people are mildly allergic to stinging insects including bees. An
allergic reaction consists of swelling and redness at the site of the
sting. Some people however are severely allergic and exhibit extreme
symptoms including abnormal breathing, tightness in the chest,
nausea, fainting and in extreme cases could result in death if
emergency medical intervention is not rendered in 8 to 12 minutes.
When we deal with swarm traps, as safety-minded professionals, we
carry an EPI-PEN auto-injector for personal use in a worst- case
scenario.

We plan to offer our services of perimeter swarm protection through a
contractual basis. This service will greatly minimize your risk and
liability by trapping and removing the bees at your perimeter before
they are able to come in contact with employees or contractors. We
are licensed and insured. Please feel free to contact us with any
questions or for further consultation.