Health & Pests

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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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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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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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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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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