Information about AG Valuation for Bees
in Montgomery County Texas
Senate Bill 1766 and Selling Honey in Texas:
Small Scale Beekeepers wanting information on
how to legally bottle and sell your honey
Click on these links
Texas Apiary Inspection Service
For information regarding permits for Beekeepers
For TAIS Honey Bee Removal information
The Texas Beekeepers Association is a member based organization representative of commercial, side-liner, small scale beekeepers, as well as scientists, educators and other individuals interested in the promotion and preservation of honey bees and beekeeping in the State of Texas.
CLICK HERE for information
Find REAL TEXAS HONEY near you.
The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is an educational program designed to increase the knowledge and skill level of participating beekeepers.
Montgomery County Precinct Contact information for the following Precinct's (waiting on 1 & 4)
NORTH WEST PEST PATROL INC
LISA BAILEY 281-469-7378
281-364-4203 or they can email me at email@example.com
Below is a Newsletter sent out in the past addressing Mosquito spraying -
Excerpt from Bluebonnet Beekeeping Newsletter -
One “thing” that comes with summer in Texas is Mosquitoes – and a lot of them! Along with Mosquitoes, problems with viruses such as West Nile and Zika can occur. Not all areas have issues with these viruses but here in South East Texas it’s synonymous with Summer.
A very real part of these potentially dangerous viruses is the inevitable spraying that can take place if your community has been identified as having confirmed cases. As compassionate humans, we understand the need to eradicate these virus carrying mosquitoes – As beekeepers; we have a serious consequence to pay if our bees happen to fall in the line of fire!
There are steps you can take to protect your bees if spraying is imminent, but – The MOST important protection is “prevention!”
Common mosquito breeding grounds:
· Bird Baths
· Old Tires
· Open Containers - Cans, jars, bottles or anything that can hold as little as an ounce of water. In fact, mosquitoes can breed in as little as a drop of water. Even recycle bins may have some open containers that can collect water. Don’t forget those trash cans and trash can lids, too!
· Hollow Trees
· Water Gardens & Ponds - Decorative ponds without fish. Other large areas of standing water
· Wading Pools
· Drainage Ditches
· Any area of standing water is a potential mosquito breeding ground!
Ways you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:
· Dispose of old tires, buckets, ceramic pots and other containers in your yard that may collect water.
· Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
· Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings.
· At least once per week, empty standing water from containers, including bird feeders, on your property.
· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors. Drainage holes in the sides of containers allow sufficient water to collect in which mosquitoes may breed.
· Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Flooded roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce hundreds of mosquitoes each season.
· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
· Turn over wheelbarrows when not in use.
· Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
· Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
· Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to infest an entire neighborhood. Be aware that mosquitoes may also breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
· Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
· Fill in low areas on your property to eliminate standing water. Ponds or streams where fish are present or the water is disturbed by current or wave action do not produce many mosquitoes; standing water is more of a breeding area. So if you have mosquitoes, the standing water in your backyard has got to go.
It is our recommendation that you contact your “local” county officials and notify them “in advance” that you have Honeybees and your exact location. “Most” will take that information and notify you of pending spraying and/or avoid your immediate area.
If you ARE notified and have no choice but to be in the spray zone, you can take a couple of steps to “help” mitigate the damages…
Move your bees to another location away from spray zone
Cover your bee box(s) with a slightly dampened “breathable” sheet or burlap (draped over, but out away from the box allowing good air - removing it early the next morning before the bees start flying)
Ideally spraying is done at dusk when most bees have come home. When spraying happens late in the day, it “generally” allows dissipation of the spray on plants and water sources by the time the next day comes and forging starts again.
As much as I wanted to provide a web address to locate “your” local Commissioner, I was unable to find what I considered “ideal” but with the help of a friend, found this https://www.county.org/about-texas-counties/texas-counties-related-sites/Pages/default.aspx
The following are links to more information from the CDC on West Nile and Zika and are very informative.