Buzzing with Removals

September 27, 2021By CharlieBee Removal New Braunfels, Charlie Bee TV, Texas Honey

Puns about bees and being “busy” are done to death, but suffice it to say I’m “very busy” with removals these days and scurrying to take care of clients before the close of the season when it becomes impossible to remove and “save” hives through the winter. I usually do removals right up through early … Read More

Central Texas beekeeper saves one hive at a time by building new homes for pollinators

September 9, 2021By CharlieBee Removal New Braunfels, Charlie Bee TV, Texas Honey

CLICK HERE to read the article at Statesman.com Claire Osborn / Austin American-Statesman Photos by Mikala Compton Sept. 5, 2021, SAN MARCOS — When Charlie Agar pried open the lid of an abandoned piece of farm machinery in San Marcos recently, he found a sweet treasure inside. Glistening honeycombs lined most of the rectangular hollow … Read More

Bare Naked Bee Removal

March 23, 2021By CharlieCharlie Bee TV

Seems like everyone on social media is getting lots of exposure these days for doing daring things with honeybees without wearing any protective equipment. And while it’s certainly true that a sign of a skilled beekeeper is being able to work bees and read their “mood” and likeliness to sting and then cover up (or … Read More

Winter Bees

February 16, 2021By CharlieCharlie Bee TV

I’ve had lots of questions from folks wondering how bees can survive these record low temperatures and unusual heavy snowfall in Texas recently. “Do bees hibernate?” “Do you have to bring the hives into your garage?” The good news is that honey bees are made for this! All of their hard work over the busy … Read More

Demolition Bee Removal

February 3, 2021By CharlieBee Removal New Braunfels, Charlie Bee TV

We still have potential cold days ahead of us in this new month of February, so I’m not in full bee removal mode yet. But when I get calls like this about a hive in a dangerous situation during a structure demolition, I hustle right to the scene. These bees were a very quick and … Read More

Winter Swarms?!

January 19, 2021By CharlieBee Removal New Braunfels, Charlie Bee TV

Short video of a swarm capture on January 18, 2021 Another winter swarm! I caught a little swarm in December and now an early spring swarm on January 18. It’s kind of unusual behavior, as most bees only swarm in spring or when resources are plenty. “Swarming” is how bees reproduce. A successful colony has … Read More

Beekeeper Monk

December 9, 2020By CharlieCharlie Bee TV

(Photo CharlieBee) Charlie under the wheel of Samsara in a temple near Tibet in far western China (Photo CharlieBee) Novice monks smile from the doorway of a temple in Luang Prabang, Laos I’ve always wanted to be a monk. It started in college when I read Beat Generation authors with their focus on Eastern thought … Read More

Video: Hive Tour Spring 2020

August 13, 2020By CharlieCharlie Bee TV, Texas Honey

Nothing I love more than taking folks on a hive tour in one of my apiaries, but with this pesky pandemic we can’t be sharing one another’s air anymore so I thought I’d post this video for a quick virtual tour. Please click and subscribe and reach me any time with bee questions or video … Read More

Interview with Texas Bee Supply

August 7, 2020By CharlieCharlie Bee TV, Texas Honey

I had a great time talking with Blake Shook, an inspiring commercial beekeeper and owner of Texas Bee Supply. Blake has the knack of a good interviewer to not only ask good questions but actively listen and get people talking … and boy did I talk on?! We talked about bee removal, the nuts and … Read More