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After taking an adult education course on beekeeping this past winter I developed a renewed respect for honeybees and soon realized how important they are to our food supply and the environment in general.

An IT person I know directed me to a unique bee colony manufacturing company called Flow Hive out of Australia. They have a patented system for harvesting honey ( and have made it possible for nearly anyone to start their own backyard bee colony.

In addition to the attractiveness of the Flow Hive system, I was drawn to beekeeping after years of my experiences with bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and many other creatures of nature in the pest control industry. Whenever dealing with honey bees, however, we always call a beekeeper certified in moving honey bee hives.

After over 50 years in the industry, my son is taking over the reins of Pestex. As I “ slip into retirement,” beekeeping seems like a wonderful hobby to not only occupy my time but to “give back” to the environment.