This Texas beekeeper helps homeowners, honeybees feel like they bee-long

She’s helping preserve, protect and increase honeybee populations in Texas

FILE - In this May 20, 2019 file photo, honeybees are shown on a frame at beekeeper Denise Hunsaker's apiary, in Salt Lake City. Honeybees are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in a special package of studies released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, written by 56 scientists from around the globe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (Rick Bowmer, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

AUSTIN – You call the Ghostbusters when something goes bump in the night, but what about if it buzzes?

Erika Thompson, owner and founder of the Austin-based Texas Beeworks, has a pretty unique job.

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Sure you’ve heard of beekeeping, but she’s helping to preserve, protect and increase honeybee populations in Texas.

Imagine this — you just moved into a new home and notice a lot of bee activity. Thompson and her company offer an alternative to destroying a healthy bee population.

The company works by helping to support the bees with hive removals and hive hostings for residents and businesses.

Have property? Some bees could save you a buck too if you can qualify for an Agriculture Exemption. You can hire a beekeeper to place and manage hives on your property registered by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service.

The sweetest part? The company doesn’t harvest or sell the honey from its bees.

For more information on Thompson, click here.

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About the Author

Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.

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