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

Urban Beekeeping Benefits You and Your Neighbors
December 23, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

The list of urban beekeeping benefits is extensive, so long as we approach it in a neighborly way. Being a courteous beekeeper in a city or suburb goes a long way.

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I Found Dead Moth Worms on My Bottom Board
November 21, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

I was out inspecting the bottom board of my strongest hive. I found 3 dead moth worms. The hive is three deep and packed. Is there anything I can do / should do this late in the season to treat? I did the OAV treatment this fall from your tutorial and it worked great.

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How to Treat Varroa Mites — A New Perspective
November 19, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites My wife and I took a beginning beekeeping class before becoming backyard beekeepers. We learned about wax moth treatment and how to manage ants in beehives. We …

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Should I Leave Supers on For the Winter?

Should I leave supers on for the winter?

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Preparing Honeybees for Winter
September 30, 2019 · · Health & Pests

it’s important to understand what winterizing beehives look like for a backyard beekeeper.

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There’s Corn Syrup in My Bee Fondant. Is that OK?
September 5, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

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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Hive Robbing: Keeping Your Colony Safe
August 19, 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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Does Peppermint Deter Wax Moths?

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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