My experience with honeybees started in 1974 in helping a friend get honeybees out of a house. In 1986 I opened a pest control company called Bee Busters, Inc. I still enjoy my work with honeybees. This is a registered trademark which has been in operation about 30 years. This company keeps my body and soul together and pays for my research without funding from any government agency. Early experience with the Langstroth hive screamed at me that there had to be a better ways of keeping bees. The monotony of putting together frames and boxes, plus moving the equipment from point A to point B is more than I want to deal with ? not to mention all the heavy lifting and expense. Three percent of all beekeepers are commercial and their hydraulic equipment is a must. The 97 % left are sideliners with a few hives. For most of them it is cheaper to buy the most expensive honey in the grocery store than to buy the 20 frame stainless extractor, the double jacketed honey tank and all the etceteras. This, of course, does not include my time, and did I mention expense? Once I had gotten into all this I realized that the research and development was far more fun (and if I am not having fun, I am doing something wrong), and I also realized I am the only one who is going to change on anything. The bottom line is that beekeeping is a LABOR OF LOVE and don?t you forget it. Maybe that is true for all of life. I will have to think about that one.