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Bee Keepers facing record number of bee deaths.

The honey bee mortality rate is up in Canada- mites and a cool spring are to blame It’s been a difficult start to spring for local beekeepers. Many are opening their hives to find they’re colonies have died over the winter. “I was shocked and disappointed to find that all my bees had died over the winter,” said Resident Abell Bee Keeper Mike Stanley. “The loss is devastating and mirrors the pattern of loss felt by many bee keepers across…

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Abell Cooking with Honey – Recipe Book

In celebration of World Bee Day, Abell chefs are sharing a few of their favorite recipes featuring honey for mealtime inspirations. This collaboration celebrates Abell’s support of the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph and the hardworking honey bee.  Honey bees are vital to the health of the planet and the food chain as they are responsible for more than 35 percent of the foods we eat and the honey we enjoy. Furthermore, when you buy honey,…

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World Honey Bee Day

In recognition of World Honey Bee Day 2022, Abell Pest Control held its first-ever art contest for employees and their families. The ask – create original art featuring the honey bee as the muse. Over the past few months, Abell employees and their families from across the nation got to work and created beautiful art pieces that now hang in the front lobby of Abell’s home office in Toronto. We were amazed at the response and the concern people have…

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Shawn Dons Bee Beard for Cystic Fibrosis

Abell Route Manager Shawn from St. Thomas, Ontario, will once again enter Abell’s history books by ‘growing’ a ‘beard of bees’ later this summer to bring awareness to and raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Shawn has always been a bit of a daredevil with his fundraising initiatives, and given what he does for a living, believes this is a great way to raise money for a good cause.  How does he do it? Every colony has a queen bee, and all…

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Bee Swarm

It’s honey bee swarming season, and the country is buzzing with colonies everywhere. Swarms usually freak people out, but they are a valuable resource and can show up anywhere, as Abell Technician John Ciancio learned when visiting a customer in Campbellville, Ontario. The customer alerted John because they thought it was a wasp nest, and we’re concerned about staff being stung. Paul immediately knew it was a bee swarm by the way the bees were grouped on the branch. Abell…

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New addition to the team!

Our newest beekeeper, one of our Regional Manager’s 2-year-old grandson, is suited up and ready to go! Bee season is upon us – since 2006 there has been a drastic reduction in bee colonies in North America for honeybees, bumble bees and other wild bees. Bees and other beneficial insects pollinate plants, allowing them to reproduce. We can help by planting wildflowers and raising awareness and resources to help fund important research and support efforts that improve bees natural habitats.

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Spring is here!

March 19th is the First Day of Spring. Abell’s Celebrating with you by distributing 10,000 packets of wildflower seeds. Wildflower gardens, even small ones, can support the health and welfare of 800+ species of bees in North America. Visit us at abellsavesbees.com to learn more about what we can all do to help promote vibrant, healthy bee populations that will benefit us all. 

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Abell Beekeeping Season 3

Unfortunately, a number of our hives did not survive the winter 🙁 This was sadly the case for many other beekeepers as well. In the US, a record high 40% of honeybee colonies were lost this past winter according to The Ontario Beekeepers Association. Trevor, Abell Route Manager in Ottawa, reported that he lost his hive. However, as a dedicated beekeeper, he sourced a new nuc and started over again a couple of months ago. “All is going great and…

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Successful Bee Swarm Relocation!

The aim of our Abell Saves Bees program is to first, raise awareness of the global decline in bee populations and secondly, to take action in supporting the sustainable future of bees. This year, we set up 5 hives across Canada through our Employee Beekeeping Program. The second program we are running is our Bee Swarm Relocation. When safe to do so, we are committed to humanely relocating bee swarms to a local beekeeper. We are happy to share with…

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About Abell Pest Control

Abell Pest Control is a family-owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management.  Founded in 1924, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.