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How do I Keep Bears Away from My Beehives?
September 20, 2019 · · Ask The Expert,Health & Pests

Once a bear learns the location of a beehive, it will keep coming back for more. So the best defense against bear predation is avoiding them in the first place.

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Why Are There Bald-Faced Hornets in my Top Feeder?
September 17, 2019 · · Ask The Expert,Health & Pests

I found a ton of dead, large black and white, what I think might be bald-faced hornets dead inside of a feeder. I killed a bunch outside my hives too. Entrance reducer was on also. Should I worry? I’m thrilled The Hive was strong enough to kill all the intruders at least.

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There’s Corn Syrup in My Bee Fondant. Is that OK?

Is corn syrup OK for my bees? I realized that the store-bought bee fondant I ordered contains corn syrup. Should I be worried about that?

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What Yield Can I Expect Per Hive Per Season in Maryland?

When I have a colony overwinter — and they have no spring/summer issues such as a queen dying or an unexpected swarm — I generally get around 75-100 pounds of honey from each hive in Colorado.

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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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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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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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Are My Bees Too Hot?

Dave writes: I’m new to beekeeping. My bees seem hot in this 90+ weather, they are bearding a lot. What are your suggestions for keeping them cool? I have a screened bottom and …

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Why Is There Uncapped Honey in My Super?

Bob Mallory writes: Checked my beehive and put another honey super on. I have a problem for which I need input. A honey super has been on for a month …

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