Health & Pests

What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

Raising honeybees is a challenge. One day your hive looks good and a few days later you wonder if it’s going to live.

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How to Manage Ants in a Beehive
March 14, 2020 · · 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; unfortunately, so do summer and pests.

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How do Bees Mate?
March 13, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites An interesting and deadly dance takes place all across the world; in fact, it’s necessary for human survival and yet goes unnoticed by humans year after year. …

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How Bees Communicate with Pheromones
March 4, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Honey bees are eusocial, meaning they live in highly complex social colonies, with multiple casts and tens of thousands of individuals of overlapping generations.

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Nosema Disease in Honey Bees
February 23, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Nosema is a serious disease of honey bees caused by a microsporidian. A microsporidian is a type of single-celled fungus that reproduces by spores. The nosema organisms live and reproduce in the honey bee midgut where they steal nutrients and prevent digestion.

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Chalkbrood Disease in Honey Bees
February 22, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Of all the disease names, chalkbrood paints the most vivid picture. Even if you’ve never seen chalkbrood symptoms, white chunks of mummified brood are hard to mistake for anything else.

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Can Honey Bees Rehab Comb Damaged by Wax Moths?
February 17, 2020 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

Oh man, there are few things more frustrating than a wax moth infestation. They are so destructive to the comb! The brief answer is yes, in most cases the bees can rehab comb damaged by wax moths.

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When Should I Perform the First Mite Check and Treatment?
February 11, 2020 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

A key time for getting a jump on varroa is when the colony is broodless, since any mites present will be in a phoretic state rather than hiding inside capped brood.

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Using a Beehive Inspection Checklist
February 7, 2020 · · Health & Pests

The only way to know exactly what is going on in a beehive is to actually take a peek inside. This can be intimidating, especially to a new beekeeper, but it doesn’t have to be.

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How to Make Fondant for Bees
January 31, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Fondant for bees is a little different than the fondant that you find at the bakery. The bakery fondant can have high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, coloring, and flavorings added to it. Making fondant for bees is a lot like making candy.

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