Health & Pests

OAV: How to Treat Varroa Mites
July 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

In this article, I’ll discuss our experience trying to manage varroa mites our first couple years in beekeeping, some lessons we learned, a new way of approaching varroa management, and address some common questions about our management plan.

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Controlling Varroa Mites with Oxalic Acid Drizzle Method

It is essential that beekeepers control mites for hive health and survivability. This project used the oxalic acid drizzle method.

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How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
June 21, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Invasive Spotted Lanternfly: A New Honey Bee Pest
June 17, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Global trade has landed a wide selection of goods on our doorsteps, and people throughout the world have benefitted in ways unimaginable in decades past. But one detriment of increased trade is the movement of organisms into new environments.

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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
June 10, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Varroa mites are considered a universal problem. Fortunately, varroa mite treatment isn’t hard, you just have to be diligent.

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Conduct an Alcohol Wash for Varroa Mite Monitoring
June 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Of the many techniques, the alcohol wash for varroa mite counts is currently considered the most accurate and is both fast and simple after a bit of practice.

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
June 8, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Like all animals, honey bees need a dependable source of water year round. The best water sources for bees are ones that won’t go dry in the summer, won’t drown the bees, and won’t be shared with livestock or pets. Although honey bees adore a nice salt water pool, it’s a good idea to establish your water source before your bees begin chasing away the sunbathers.

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Why do Bees Swarm?
June 3, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites One of the most disappointing things that can happen to a beekeeper is to have a hive swarm. After it happened to us, we decided we really …

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Growing Your Apiary: All About Splitting a Hive

Splitting the colony is a natural part of the honeybee’s reproductive life cycle—in nature we call this action “swarming.” Why do bees swarm? With increased hours in daylight, the queen bee begins to lay her eggs and grow the hive’s population.

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Strange Creatures
May 20, 2022 · · Health & Pests

What about all those strange creatures lurking about the bee yard? Here’s a little primer on which creatures to keep a watch out for.

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