The buzz behind TikTok's viral beekeeping and bee removal business

Sep 16, 2022
Erika Thompson owns Texas Bee Works, a beekeeping and bee removal company. Like other small businesses, inflation is adding new challenges.
"I had a [TikTok] video of me doing a bee removal that went viral," says beekeeper Erika Thompson. "And that was the first time my life sort of changed."
Aimee Aubin

Why dwindling bee populations are threatening U.S. agriculture

Beekeeper and director of the documentary "The Pollinators," Peter Nelson, talks about the costly bee pollination industry, its importance in our agricultural system and why it's under threat.
A beekeeper in South Dakota loads bee hives onto a truck for transport.
Courtesy of Peter Nelson

From the cubicle to the beehives

Oct 30, 2018
When she left her office job, she didn't know what her business would look like. But it had to involve bees.
“I was at the office job 40 hours a week,” says Hilary Kearney, founder of Girl Next Door Honey. “And then on my lunch break, I was doing things like catching swarms, just really cramming in bees into all the little cracks of time that I had left over.”
Tosca Rodigonda. Courtesy of Hilary Kearney.

From the cubicle to the beehives

Oct 30, 2018
When she left her office job, she didn't know what her business would look like. But it had to involve bees.
“I was at the office job 40 hours a week,” says Hilary Kearney, founder of Girl Next Door Honey. “And then on my lunch break, I was doing things like catching swarms, just really cramming in bees into all the little cracks of time that I had left over.”
Tosca Rodigonda. Courtesy of Hilary Kearney.

The cost of making honey

Sep 22, 2017
Why bears lose their lives for the sticky stuff.

Will honey bees stay sweet on North Dakota?

Oct 21, 2016
Corn and soybean production is eating into North Dakota's great bee habitats.
Beekeeper Mark Sperry in Kindred, North Dakota says he has to travel increasingly long distances to find good forage areas for his bees due to increased acreage of corn and soybeans near him.
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Fun fact Friday: A lot of business buzz

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Commercial bees, the unsung heroes of the nut business

Mar 2, 2015
Almonds don't just take a lot of water to grow; they take a lot of bees, too

Itinerant bees play an important role in economy

Jan 16, 2015
Without bees, we'd lose $15 billion each year in the U.S. – and $100 billion globally.

Note to bees: do not stop and smell the roses

Jul 9, 2014
A new study says garden plants from big box stores contain a toxic pesticide.

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