Well, introductions are in order. I'm the goofy lookin' dude in the bee suit below:
My name is Richard Martyniak, and I'm one of the team members here at ALLFloridaBeeRemoval.com. You'll meet the others later. I have a Master's Degree in Urban Entomology from the University of Florida Entomology Dept, where I worked for several years. My specialization is the control of stinging insects. I Performed research, developed courses for online education, and gave plenty of talks to pest control operators, extension personnel and regular folks too. Here I'm doing my education thing again.. I just love teaching people about the wonders of insects !
Tati invited me to perform a live honey bee removal from her family's Orlando Azalea Park home. The bee hive ( colony is really the correct terminology ) was located in a large Oak tree and required the use of a man-lift to get so high up in the tree. Here,I'm showing how to light a smoker. We use smoke to 'calm' bees, so we can relocate them to a hive box.
But I really like working with the girls..( most bees, wasps and ants are female ), especially large colonies high up in trees!
Heading up in the lift:
I'm about 30 feet up in this pic, working the honey bees.
It sure gets hot in bee suit. Replenishing with OJ helps:
We had a successful day, removing and rescuing the aerial honey bee colony. Thanks to Tati for having me out and taking the great pics. Thanks for the Burger and hotdogs too!