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Akron Bee Company Welcome to the Akron Bee Company. We are a locally owned and operated bee farm in Akron, NY.

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PSA: You are NOT allergic to the pretty yellow goldenrod that is blooming right now. You ARE allergic to the weird corn ...
08/22/2022

PSA: You are NOT allergic to the pretty yellow goldenrod that is blooming right now. You ARE allergic to the weird corn cob looking Ragw**d that always blooms at the exact same time. Please leave the Goldenrod for the pollinators!! :)

07/03/2022
Mason bees in action

We're not just into saving the honeybees, this is my Mason bee apartment complex. There must be about 50 flying around. Not sure if they are all females or not, but you can clearly see some of the females backing into the tubes to lay their eggs. Fun fact, Mason bees will lay all females in the back of the tubes and males towards the front.... because the males are expendable and usually taken out by birds and wasps lol

I get asked a LOT, "how often do you get stung and what do you do for the stings"? Yes, I get stung frequently, yes it h...
06/29/2022

I get asked a LOT, "how often do you get stung and what do you do for the stings"? Yes, I get stung frequently, yes it hurts at first, yes I put something on it, no it doesn't swell up or itch. This is good for many different kinds of bug bites and stings, so please try it and let me know what else it works on! Many of us have this "w**d" growing in our driveways or along the road, it is called Broadleaf Plantain (not to be confused with the banana type plantain). It is edible and the Native Americans used to use it for a bunch of things. I take a small leaf and chew it up and spit out the pulp on the sting site. I usually use a bandaid to hold it in place for a couple hours. Afterwards, no swelling or itching at all!! I really swear by the stuff. Hope it helps this summer :)

Did you know it's National Pollinator Week?? What's everyone doing to help the pollinators?? I've been busy replacing al...
06/23/2022

Did you know it's National Pollinator Week?? What's everyone doing to help the pollinators?? I've been busy replacing all of the gardens with pollinator friendly plants and flowers :)

Happy ! We are so excited to spend the week celebrating all of the pollinators that keep our planet healthy and bountiful. We've got some fun things planned throughout the week, so bee sure to check back each day. But you can kick off the week by learning more about NPW and pollinators on our blog. https://buff.ly/3O4RnBc

We have a very limited supply of spring honey available if anyone would like to try some! If you have seasonal allergies...
06/15/2022

We have a very limited supply of spring honey available if anyone would like to try some! If you have seasonal allergies right now, this is the one for you!! 8oz and 16oz jars available while supplies last!!

Another successful swarm rescued!! Thank you to all my customers for giving me a call when you spot a swarm! It helps me...
06/15/2022

Another successful swarm rescued!! Thank you to all my customers for giving me a call when you spot a swarm! It helps me rebuild from the ones I lose over the winter :)

Just got back from another successful swarm call! This one was pretty large, barely fit them all in the box!! Thanks for...
05/24/2022

Just got back from another successful swarm call! This one was pretty large, barely fit them all in the box!! Thanks for the call AD!

Happy World Bee Day!!! What did you do today to help the bees and pollinators? I rescued a swarm from a homeowners shrub...
05/20/2022

Happy World Bee Day!!! What did you do today to help the bees and pollinators? I rescued a swarm from a homeowners shrub :)

With the warmer temperatures next week, I fully expect bees to start swarming real soon. If you are in Akron or the surr...
05/07/2022

With the warmer temperatures next week, I fully expect bees to start swarming real soon. If you are in Akron or the surrounding towns, please give me a call or a text if you see something like this picture. I would be delighted to come and save them and give them a good home! :)

If you are further away, we have our own page I created for my beekeeping friends that also catch swarms. Please use this (and share it) for anyone between Buffalo & Syracuse.

http://www.wnybeekeepers.org/swarm2/

Please remember that early dandelions are an essential part of a bees diet when they are just coming out of winter hiber...
04/30/2022

Please remember that early dandelions are an essential part of a bees diet when they are just coming out of winter hibernation. I still find it quite relaxing to have a lawn covered in dandelions and many different kinds of bees working them! :)

Ukraine is thought to be the birthplace of beekeeping in Europe. They have tons of beekeepers and export a LOT of honey!...
04/05/2022

Ukraine is thought to be the birthplace of beekeeping in Europe. They have tons of beekeepers and export a LOT of honey! Their heritage goes back hundreds of years with their bees :)

Bees in Pysanka, Happy Easter!
To see more Easter and Bees ~ Follow:
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Bees were sometimes depicted on pysanka as a symbol of hard work and pleasantness, and represented all the good insects which should not be killed. In Ukraine, it was the custom to place at least one Pysanka egg beneath each bee hive to insure good production of honey.

The Origin of Hiding Easter Eggs - probably comes from the Ukrainian tradition that blessed Pysanky were believed to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires.
To give a pysanka is to give a symbolic gift of life, which is why the egg must remain whole. Traditionally, Pysanky would be placed in several places to insure good luck and protection from evil, tucked away in a place where it would not be broken. An egg would be placed somewhere in the house, in the barn with the livestock, and beneath the bee hive to insure good production of honey etc.

The art of the decorated egg in Ukraine, or the pysanka, probably dates back to ancient times. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose. Pysanky were thought to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires. The word comes from the verb pysanka, "to write", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Bees were sometimes depicted on pysanka as a symbol of hard work and pleasantness, and represented all the good insects which should not be killed. Pysanky are typically made to be given to family members and respected outsiders. To give a pysanka is to give a symbolic gift of life, which is why the egg must remain whole. At least one egg was placed beneath the bee hive to insure good production of honey.

Source:
Wiki - Pysanka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka

Cold & Flu season is upon us, we've got lots of honey to go with that tea and to help that sore throat! 8oz & 16oz avail...
01/24/2022

Cold & Flu season is upon us, we've got lots of honey to go with that tea and to help that sore throat! 8oz & 16oz available now! Porch pickup available or spend $25 or more and get free delivery in the Akron/Clarence area!

One of my favorite winter scenes with my hives from a few years ago. Bees are hibernating right now, so they tend to be ...
12/24/2021

One of my favorite winter scenes with my hives from a few years ago. Bees are hibernating right now, so they tend to be a little boring in winter, not very photogenic! Merry Xmas everyone :)

10/18/2021
Bumble bee

You're not a real beekeeper until you can high five random bees!! :)

Finally got the Lego beekeeper! So excited lol
09/22/2021

Finally got the Lego beekeeper! So excited lol

It's that time of the year again! Goldenrod is starting to open up and people with summer allergies always think it's th...
08/22/2021

It's that time of the year again! Goldenrod is starting to open up and people with summer allergies always think it's this w**d that causes their allergies. It is not, Ragw**d is the true culprit. They bloom at the same time, but Goldenrod has very heavy pollen and it doesn't travel far from the plant. Ragw**d has very lightweight pollen which can travel great distances. Please leave the Goldenrod for the bees!! This is their last big score to get ready for the long winter. They will thank you for it :)

We are honored to have been approved to be a local Hives for Heroes mentor to those that served our country! If you are ...
08/15/2021

We are honored to have been approved to be a local Hives for Heroes mentor to those that served our country! If you are a veteran and would like to learn beekeeping, let me know or check out their webpage: https://www.hivesforheroes.com/

07/29/2021
Round one.... Fight!

Not something that is seen in person a lot. When an unwanted intruder enters a hive, the honeybees will gang up on it and either sting it to death or make a tight ball and raise the temperature inside the ball of bees, thus cooking the intruder! Fascinating and merciless when you get on their wrong side lol

Now that my milkw**d is in full bloom, I saw my first Monarch drinking from it today!! I hope she lays eggs :)
06/24/2021

Now that my milkw**d is in full bloom, I saw my first Monarch drinking from it today!! I hope she lays eggs :)

EXCUUUUSE ME!!?? The milkw**d is reserved for Monarch butterflies!! :)
06/22/2021

EXCUUUUSE ME!!?? The milkw**d is reserved for Monarch butterflies!! :)

110% of why I refuse to spray pesticides around the property. Sure these army caterpillars are everywhere right now and ...
06/08/2021

110% of why I refuse to spray pesticides around the property. Sure these army caterpillars are everywhere right now and ugly, but this mother robin has her nest just off my back porch and she's clearly feeding the kids all these juicy caterpillars. It's not always about the bees, but about saving nature itself!! The balance MUST be restored! Please stop spraying for every little "pest" :/

Today is World Bee Day! Please do something to help the bees today! :) I'm teaching a class on beekeeping for a few stud...
05/20/2021

Today is World Bee Day! Please do something to help the bees today! :) I'm teaching a class on beekeeping for a few students

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I am a local Akron (NY, not OH) beekeeper. If you see something like this...
05/18/2021

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I am a local Akron (NY, not OH) beekeeper. If you see something like this picture on your house or in a tree, etc.. please let me know! I will gladly come and get them and give them a new home. If you're not sure if its a honeybee, please take some pics and send them my way, I will be glad to help identify if they are a pest or not. Thanks!

Akron Bee Company
716-542-1666

05/17/2021
The March

Swarms are on the move! If you see a lump or pile of bees, please let me know! I went up and rescued these gentle girls today. They marched right into the box which is always so much fun to watch! :) thanks for saving them Ray!

05/13/2021
Reverse swarm

Normally bee swarms leave these boxes when they get to full.... This is a swarm moving into one of my empty boxes! Always cool to see bees doing the hard work for me :)

I know we are all in a hurry to get the yard looking nice, but please leave some dandelions for the bees! They won't las...
04/20/2021

I know we are all in a hurry to get the yard looking nice, but please leave some dandelions for the bees! They won't last that long and you will be doing a great service for your local bees! They will thank you a thousand fold :)

Did you know that if you bring back your Akron Bee Company honey jars, you can get $1 off your next purchase?? I very sp...
03/14/2021

Did you know that if you bring back your Akron Bee Company honey jars, you can get $1 off your next purchase?? I very specifically went with a vinyl sticker that is dishwasher safe, so that these jars can be used a few times! I also opted for glass jars instead of the plastic bears, as the plastic can't be cleaned as well (or as hot) and would end up in a landfill eventually. Glass can be nearly infinitely recycled over and over again! Doing our part to help reduce waste! :)

Who wants a free jar of honey?? I will be giving away 8oz jars randomly to 4 people who like my page AND share the post ...
03/07/2021

Who wants a free jar of honey?? I will be giving away 8oz jars randomly to 4 people who like my page AND share the post below!! The more you share, the more entries! And go!!! 🙂

The sun is out and I'm warming and bottling honey today! I have lots of 8 & 16 ounce jars done and a few 32 ounce big boys! Drop me a message if you're interested in porch pickup today or tomorrow :) $9, $18 & $32

Can also meet in Clarence or Lockport.

The sun is out and I'm warming and bottling honey today! I have lots of 8 & 16 ounce jars done and a few 32 ounce big bo...
03/07/2021

The sun is out and I'm warming and bottling honey today! I have lots of 8 & 16 ounce jars done and a few 32 ounce big boys! Drop me a message if you're interested in porch pickup today or tomorrow :) $9, $18 & $32

Can also meet in Clarence or Lockport.

02/24/2021
Happy hungry bees!

The bees are just as happy for the warmer weather as we are! Checking on my girls, making sure they have their emergency food. They havnt eaten much the past 2 weeks because of the extreme cold. It's preferable that it's 30 or before outside so they go into torpor (a kind of hibernation). Anything over 40 and they are fully awake and eating their honey. Many hives starve to death this time of the year because of the up down weather.

See that black lump on the far right? That's Luna, our semi domesticated feral, being an awesome cat and keeping all the...
12/31/2020

See that black lump on the far right? That's Luna, our semi domesticated feral, being an awesome cat and keeping all the rodents away from the beehives!! Mice will move into hives because they sense the warmth of the bees and the smell of honey, the bees won't do much about it because they are in a tight cluster trying to stay warm. Meanwhile, the mouse can eat all the honey it wants and make a nest in a corner. Usually this is a death sentence for the bees. Luna's the best!!

Merry Christmas to all.... and to all a good night :)
12/24/2020

Merry Christmas to all.... and to all a good night :)

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Support your local beekeeper and give your honey some honey! I have 8oz, 16oz and a c...
12/19/2020

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Support your local beekeeper and give your honey some honey! I have 8oz, 16oz and a couple 32oz available. Prices are $8, $16 & $32 respectively. Please contact me for porch pickup or free local delivery in Akron :)

11/27/2020
Bees flying at 46°

Most people think the bees go to sleep for the winter and that's that. The truth is they only go into hibernation or "torpor" (if we use the correct term) when it's very cold out. It's 46° on my porch and I'm feeding them some honey back, there's absolutely nothing else out there for them that's for sure!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Eat lots, bee safe! :)
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Eat lots, bee safe! :)

Great informative video! Not mine.
11/02/2020
Just a 🐝

Great informative video! Not mine.

Bee_Daddy73 () has created a short video on TikTok with music Dusk Till Dawn. | Just a 🐝 | This little lady was taking a break | Thought is was a good opportunity to show how i pick up bees, but it turned into something else | You can tell ...

09/19/2020
Bees collecting old wax

A lot of people have told me over the years that bees don't reuse wax... First time seeing it being done! She's making candles with those saddle bags :)

Hey buddy.... I don't want to tell you who to fall in love with.... But this won't end well for you lol
09/09/2020

Hey buddy.... I don't want to tell you who to fall in love with.... But this won't end well for you lol

Better late than never! Morning Glories finally doing their thing to hide this ugly fence! :)
09/05/2020

Better late than never! Morning Glories finally doing their thing to hide this ugly fence! :)

08/31/2020

Here's something you probably don't think about... An evergreen tree producing pollen and attracting pollinators. Some honeybees even collect the sap to make propolis for the hive. I'm counting at least 4 different species on this tree. All the more reason to not spray pesticides everywhere!!

Just as Dandelions are the first major source of nectar for the bees in the Spring, Goldenrod is their last major source...
08/29/2020

Just as Dandelions are the first major source of nectar for the bees in the Spring, Goldenrod is their last major source to get them through the winter! Please leave some for them! :) Also, Goldenrod honey is very high in sugar! yum!

Some days the bees dine on the flowers, some days the flowers are death traps.... Do you see it?
08/22/2020

Some days the bees dine on the flowers, some days the flowers are death traps.... Do you see it?

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We would love to have you exhibit at the Buffalo Maker Faire on May 12th!
We would love to have you exhibit at the Buffalo Maker Faire!
Thanks, Chris for saving the bees and educating us!!
A "fun" cut out Jeff Hahn & I worked on today... hopefully getting the rest of them tomorrow!
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