I have always wanted to keep bees. Several years ago, a hive took up residence at the front wall of our property. You can read about those bees and what I learned about them on my San Diego hiking site, San Diego Hikes.com.
We lived peacefully with the bees – - for a time. If we stayed out of their busy flight path to and from the hive, all was well. Eventually though, the bees became aggressive. I’ve since learned that they may have mixed with Africanized bees. This would explain their rage if anyone neared their nest. Use of power tools had become close to impossible without stings.
If we’re patient, nature often has a way of taking care of things. After deciding we needed to have them removed, the bees began to dwindle. Late last year, when all activity had ceased, we opened up the wall and discovered the tell-tale webbing of the wax moth.
Now the exciting part – - this morning, I ordered bees and a queen from a reputable company here in California. They will arrive via overnight delivery on April 17. Meanwhile, I’ll be making decisions such as where to put the hive, whether or not to screen the entrance and raise the flight path, and what sort of beekeeping apparel to invest in.
There’s a lot to think about and look forward to!
As a balance and joy aside, according to recent research reported on in Prevention & Treatment, positive emotions and interests are good for us. So, the sweet benefits of this new beekeeping endeavor go beyond honey!