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Does Peppermint Deter Wax Moths?

David writes: Have you had any results from putting mint near your hives to prevent wax moths? While I have heard of folks suggesting mint could be a deterrent to …

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Which Bees Make Honey?
August 15, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

While not all bees make honey, there are many species that do—perhaps hundreds.

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How to Light a Bee Smoker
August 14, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

The first goal is to get a nice flame on the shavings. That takes some time and some patience. Fan the fire to build up the flame. Be careful, you don’t want to get burned.

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Hive Robbing: Keeping Your Colony Safe
August 13, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Honey bee robbing is an almost desperate commitment, en masse, to maximizing a resource. Here’s why it happens, how to prevent it, and how to stop it when you see it.

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How to Make Beeswax Candles
August 12, 2019 . · Honey & Beeswax

Giving homemade holiday gifts is our family tradition. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give is homemade beeswax candles. They are easy, inexpensive, and perfect for neighbors, friends, teachers, and anyone you want to spread cheer to.

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Should I be Worried About Practice Queen Cups?
August 7, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

First off, if her laying pattern is still good, the colony population is to your liking, and the workers haven’t tried to replace her yet, you could consider just leaving her in there.

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Steps for Successfully Filtering Beeswax
August 6, 2019 . · Honey & Beeswax

When people find out that we are honey bee farming, they always ask about the honey. But bees also produce beeswax and something will need to be done with the …

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Top 10 Reasons to Become a Beekeeper

You don’t have to get up at 2:00 in the morning to check if they are hatching or calving. You can also go on a reasonable vacation without commissioning a bee sitter.

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How Many Frames of Capped Brood is Optimum in a Double Deep During Summer?

Tyler from Montana writes: How many frames of capped brood is the optimum in a double deep during summer? Hi Tyler – Thanks for the great question! It may not surprise …

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I Saw Wax Moth Larvae! Now What?

I think I saw wax moth larvae on one of my frames. I am new at beekeeping so I was unprepared to address the problem when I opened the hive and saw the larvae. Any suggestions on what to do?

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