Our standard package includes all required hive equipment delivered to your (or your client’s) site. We supply and install the honey bee colony and provide them with any support they may require to thrive until our next visit.
A guarantee of live, healthy honey bees is included in this full-service package. This
covers both the replacement of your queen, were she to die or become sick, along with the replacement of your entire colony. In these days of myriad diseases, Colony Collapse Disorder, pesticides, and higher colony mortality rates than in the past, hive deaths do occur. Should this happen, Love A Bee will replace your bees as soon as bees are available.
Our beekeepers will visit on a routine basis. This is on average twice a month, but may vary slightly depending on hive condition, time of year, and other factors. You will be notified ahead of time, the day in which to expect your beekeeper.
They take action for swarm prevention, disease management, feedings if necessary, and adding or removing equipment as needed to accommodate the seasonal variance in colony size. This includes the removal of excess honey frames.
Routine updates will be sent to you (or your client) after each visit, regarding the status of the hive, the strength of the colony, and any disease or issue that we may have found.
Honey harvesting can be done in a few different ways. You have the option of harvesting your own frames, in which case the beekeeper will remove the frames from the hive and leave them in a safe place for you to harvest. If you would rather have us harvest the honey for you, there is a modest bottling fee. We ensure that your honey remains separate from others, and return it to you in labeled jars.
Hive equipment for this standard package is produced in high quality wood, with all natural wax foundation and hand assembled frames. Hive boxes are sent into the field in a natural wood finish with a varnished exterior, it includes a flat roof with a galvanized aluminum casing. A complete hive set contains all necessary hive items: one bottom board, three 10-frame deep boxes, 30 frames, one inner cover, and one outer cover. We also provide weighted support on the top of the hive, and blocks to raise the hive off the ground.
Our pricing varies across residential, non-profit, and commercial clients, as well as location where we provide beekeeping services.
Our standard, all-inclusive beekeeping services pricing starts at $1,000 per hive per calendar year for residential clients nearby in Sonoma and Marin Counties, our bases of operations, and up to $2500 per hive per calendar year for commercial clients with high insurance requirements. We also offer a-la-carte pricing, starting at $150 per hour for special events, beekeeping mentoring, and package bees for pickup, and $450 for complete beehive sets including bees.
Contact us to find out specific pricing for your location or to consult with one of our experts about establishing beekeeping services at your home. Orders can easily be placed over the phone, 415-939-4455, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.