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 Happens to Bees in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 · · 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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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are …

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What do Bees do in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Unlike birds, bees don’t fly south for the winter, nor do they hibernate. So, what do bees do in the winter? They try to survive. They spend …

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Why do Bees Swarm?
February 1, 2019 · · 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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How to Make a Bee Watering Station
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Most of us realize the importance of being wary of the heat for people, pets, and livestock, but we often forget that the bees could use a …

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Why Honey Bees Dying in the Hive Should Be Investigated
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Honey bees dying while you learn to care for the colony and hive is disappointing. It is important to look into the cause of honey bees dying to …

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How Disease Can Cause Bee Population Decline

With movable frame colonies, beekeepers discovered pests and diseases that they only superficially knew about. Honeybees, like any other animal, are subject to the frailties of this sometimes pale existence.

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Why Are Bees Declining?

Add to Favorites By Deborah McSweeney – I am a long-time reader and love Countryside and Small Stock Journal  — it is one of the best! That said, I had to write …

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What Causes Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees?

Add to Favorites By Maurice Hladik – Growing up on the farm, my father had a few beehives so when I recently watched the documentary “What Are the Bees Telling Us?” …

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