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Killer Bee Man

May 31, 2012

Visiting an apiary is fun if you are with Paul Carbonneau of Killer Bees. He eliminated the fear factor of being stung by suiting us up with a long sleeved jacket and hood with face screen.

A smoking can quiets the bees.  His expertise is after years of experience; he started working with bees as an 8-year-old in New Hampshire and got back into the honey business when his greyhound racing business closed a few years ago.

The primary apiary is located in Putnam County and he has two other areas where he has acreage with hives.  The colored hives dot the meadow and he says the bees can see colors and are not bothered by the variety. The classic white hive is only a habit. 

Paul provides bees, including a queen upon request. While I was there he transferred 4 frames with about 20,000 bees from one of his brood chambers into a new one supplied by a man needing a queen and a colony. He carefully checked to assure he had the queen.

~~~~~~~~He is not concerned about the remaining frames in his brood chamber; there are plenty of bees in the hives to continue its life and he noted there were a number of eggs that were potentially generating new queens.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Paul will also clean out a hive of bees upon request. Recently he was asked to estimate removal of some bees that had infested the attic of a home. He noted the entry hole they used to access the attic and the damage that was being caused by their activity. He warned the homeowner that removal was necessary or further damage would occur. He assured them that the bees would be removed alive and transferred to his apiary where they would be safe and could produce honey in an environment without risk to any property. He quoted his price and the owners decided to call in a pest control service instead. Paul explained that not only would that kill the bees, but they would die in the attic. The damage to the house structure would still need to be repaired. The owners told him they did not need his service.

Understanding the role of bees in the cross pollination of crops is a big step towards considering their value.  As the  bees forage for nectar, pollen sticks to the fuzzy hairs which cover their bodies.  Some of this pollen rubs off on the next flower they visit, fertilizing the flower and resulting in better fruit production.   Approximately 25% of all pollination is assisted by honey bee activity.

Paul sells various kinds of honey at the Putnam Farmers’ Market in Hurricane and at the Purple Onion shop inside Capital Market in Charleston.

60A Buff Creek Road Hurricane, WV


2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2012 5:10 pm

    Great post! We are looking for the local bee mover as a matter of fact. We have disturbed two hives while laying new irrigation pipe. These bees are pretty aggresive though. I think they might be a hybrid of docile domestics and wild meaner bees. We want to save bees too! We can’t live w/out them!

    • May 31, 2012 5:40 pm

      Give him a call….he will evaluate the situation and help if he can.

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