Health & Pests

American Foulbrood: the Bad Brood is Back!

American Foulbrood is a bacterial apiary disease that spreads between hives. And it has the potential to wipe out the entire industry.

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How Do I Get Rid of Yellow Jackets in My Beehive?

Add to Favorites Jacinta Mattsen Hartwig writes: I had yellow jackets move into my new hive, how do I get rid of them and reuse my hive. There were no …

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Installing a New Queen Bee to Change Genetics
June 13, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Changing genetics (and achieving diversity) can be achieved by installing a new queen bee or “requeening.” Is this the solution to better overwintering in the Northeast?

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Raising Honey Bees with Pets and Livestock
June 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites When we decided to start raising honey bees, one of the things we needed to consider was the safety of the other animals on our property. If …

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How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
May 19, 2019 · · 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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Controlling Varroa Mites with Oxalic Acid Drizzle Method

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How Do Honey Bees Survive the Winter Without Fresh Pollen?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites All during the foraging season, honey bees collect pollen and nectar. They use nectar for energy to keep going from day to day. Any extra nectar is …

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What is Honey Bee Dysentery?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Beekeeping is rife with confusing terminology that can baffle even experienced beekeepers. Honey bee dysentery is a perfect example. In humans, dysentery is a contagious illness caused …

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