Health & Pests

How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
May 19, 2019 . · Health & Pests

One of my favorite places to be on our property is in the bee yard. I will occasionally sneak in there with camera in hand and just watch. Bees are …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Summer? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
May 13, 2019 . · Health & Pests

While many creatures may choose a honey bee hive for its warmth and protection in winter, other animals are attracted to bee hives in summer. Most of these animals do …

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How to Manage Ants in a Beehive
May 11, 2019 . · Health & Pests

There is nothing quite like the sights and sounds of bees buzzing around, gathering pollen and nectar on a warm summer day. Summer and bees just seem to go together; …

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Why Did My Bees Leave the Hive? What is NOT a Swarm!
May 9, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Cartoons and movies give us an (incorrect) idea of what swarming bees look like. So when the time to ask questions came up in my first beekeeping class, I asked, …

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How to Treat Varroa Mites — A New Perspective
May 4, 2019 . · Health & Pests

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 also learned how to …

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Controlling Varroa Mites with Oxalic Acid Drizzle Method

By David Bridgers, North Carolina My research project was a collaboration with N.C. State University and Dr. David Tarpy on the control of varroa mites. It is essential that beekeepers …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
February 6, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Even before we open our first beehive, we are warned about pests that may live within. Small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites are things we dread, so early in our training we learn how to deal with them. …

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Let’s Talk About Losing Bees

Like many beekeepers, we lost bees this winter. New packages failed to build up in a normal way last summer and were unusually slow to build comb and put away stores into fall. In September, aggressive yellow jacket predation weakened them further leaving them unable to carry themselves through the cold.

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Deep Winter & Preparing For Spring With Bees

By Tom Theobald As I said in the last article, we share a long and intimate history with the honeybee, much further back than most would ever imagine. There’s little …

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Feeding Honey Bees Successfully
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

When I participated in the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association beginning beekeeping class, I was exposed to more than 15 hours of education. Needless to say, much of it was new …

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