Let Birds and Bees Vashon be a resource for all your bee-related needs. If you're just getting started keeping honeybees, we're available for (fee-based) on-site consultations. We also offer by-appointment classes, club/school talks and removal services as well as hive byproducts on Vashon Island. We look forward to meeting you!
On Site Consultation
Getting ready to set up your site, need one-on-one help at your apiary or just want to hire an extra set of experienced eyes to periodically inspect or troubleshoot your beehives? Birds and Bees Vashon offers an hourly rate for high-quality, information-rich consultations on Vashon Island for new and intermediate beekeepers.
Honeybee Swarm Removal
Save the bees! For outdoor honeybee swarms, we will remove and house in our apiaries at no charge. We will bring all the necessary equipment; just let us know how high up they are in advance. In-wall infestations requiring cut-outs (abatement) are reasonably fee-based and no problem. We're owned by a licensed contractor who can bid repairs, if needed. Vashon Island only.
Wasp and Hornet Removal
Before you call a chemical exterminator, know that Birds and Bees Vashon can do effective chemical-free removal. We get many calls from people unsure of whether they have a honeybee situation or wasp/hornet nest, and sometimes it's even a friendly impostor. In-wall infestations requiring cut-outs (abatement) can be performed for a fee. We utilize FLIR imaging to check for heat signatures in these situations so you can also "see" the nest location and size.
Learn beekeeping in one of our Vashon apiaries. Group instruction is available early in the season for beginners in 2-3 hour classes. Intermediate level beekeeping classes are possible by request for your group. Or check the events tab for scheduled classes. We also offer topic-specific talks and presentations geared to the audience (preschool, elementary, garden clubs, etc).
Coop or Hive Construction
Are you serious about raising chickens in Puget Sound? Want to create a coop modeled after your own home, or of all reclaimed wood, or just need a fortress that raccoons won't devastate? Consultations available at an hourly rate. We also build enduring top bar hives that are functional works of art for any backyard apiary. References available.
Apitherapy & Hive Byproducts
There's an exciting world inside the beehive. Apitherapy is defined as "the use of products derived from bees as medicine, including venom, honey, pollen, and royal jelly." We offer fresh, in-season backyard pollen, propolis chunks, freshly collected and preserved royal jelly, and very rarely, honey. For craft projects, we offer melted down wax blocks in a variety of weights. Some people even request bee stings for their ailments, a practice of bee venom therapy popular in foreign countries for centuries.