Health & Pests

The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy

Add to Favorites By Josh Vaisman – Honey bees currently face three difficult challenges to their survival — a lack of quality nutrition, ubiquitous pesticides in the environment, and the …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
January 12, 2022 · · 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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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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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
December 28, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites As we head into winter, with so much to do on the homestead, it can be easy to overlook the winter needs of your honey-producing bees. But …

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Can I Feed Bees Honey From Another Hive?
December 17, 2021 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

The real problem with feeding honey from another hive is whether the honey is contaminated with spores of American foulbrood (AFB). If any of the colonies that produced it had AFB, the honey can easily become contaminated. And when you have a large bucket, the honey is likely from multiple colonies, which increases the chances of contamination.

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What is Honey Bee Dysentery?
December 10, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Beekeeping is rife with confusing terminology that can baffle even experienced beekeepers. Honey bee dysentery is a perfect example.

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Hygienic Bees Smell Disease and Do Something About It
December 9, 2021 · · Health & Pests

One form of social immunity is called hygienic behavior, wherein many young workers resist the spread of pathogens and Varroa mites by detecting, uncapping, and removing unhealthy brood.

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Catch and Release Powdered Sugar Roll Varroa Mite Test
November 26, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Knowing what a hive’s mite load is can mean the difference between a hive surviving the winter in a healthy state ready to tackle the next honey season and an almost guaranteed untimely death from the viruses and diseases contributed to high varroa loads.

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Conduct an Alcohol Wash for Varroa Mite Monitoring
November 23, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Monitoring Varroa destructor’s infestation levels is arguably one of the most important tasks on a beehive inspection checklist — yet mite checks are also the most commonly forgotten task. This doesn’t have to be with so many fast and simple methods available.

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OAV: How to Treat Varroa Mites
November 22, 2021 · · 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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