Health & Pests

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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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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Do My Honey Bees Have Nosema?

Honey bee dysentery is often confused with Nosema disease, so when beekeepers see feces on or near a hive, they automatically think the worst. But several recent papers have reiterated that dysentery is caused by an excess of moisture in honey bee feces. It may occur simultaneously with Nosema or not, but the two conditions are not related.

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
November 27, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
November 4, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites The honey bee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The downward movement is easiest to see in a feral colony built into a tree …

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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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How do I Keep Bears Away from My Beehives?
September 20, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

Once a bear learns the location of a beehive, it will keep coming back for more. So the best defense against bear predation is avoiding them in the first place.

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