About the Author

Josh Vaisman

Josh Vaisman is an avid beekeeper and instructor in Northern Colorado. An active member of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association, Josh has been involved in the education of new beekeepers on behalf of the association and privately. Like most people who study apiculture, Josh started into beekeeping as a hobby, and offers valuable experience to those wanting to start beekeeping about the learning curve involved, what to do, and what not to do when getting started. When not tending to his hives, Josh is a Positive Change Ninja with Flourish Veterinary Consulting, a company he co-founded to apply the science of well-being to the veterinary workplace. He lives in Firestone, Colorado with his wife, Greta.
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Articles by Josh Vaisman

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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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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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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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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How Do I Get Rid of Yellow Jackets in My Beehive?

Jacinta Mattsen Hartwig writes: I had yellow jackets move into my new hive, how do I get rid of them and reuse my hive. There were no bees in it …

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LIST: Common Beekeeping Terms You Should Know
July 15, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

It seems like every hobby comes with its own set of words and sayings. Beekeeping is no exception. I recall the first time I heard an experienced beekeeper talk about her …

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Why Did My Newly Installed Bees Make a Queen Cell?

Mary writes… Today was inspection day and I found what appears to be a queen cell … yikes!? I’ve read a lot of different things about these and I am …

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Feeding Honey Bees 101
June 5, 2019 . · Hive Highlights

Many new beekeepers are surprised to learn that even established colonies need to be fed certain times of the year. Feed the bees? Wait a sec! I thought that’s the …

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