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How Bees Communicate with Pheromones
December 4, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Honey bees are eusocial, meaning they live in highly complex social colonies, with multiple casts and tens of thousands of individuals of overlapping generations.

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Sun and Shade for Bees: What is the Right Mix?
December 2, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites Many factors are important in determining a beehive location, including the relative amounts of sun and shade for bees. Many beekeepers insist that honey bee hives should …

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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
November 30, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

When we first started keeping bees, many friends and family wanted to buy honey from us. In the beginning, we didn’t have any extra, but after a while, we had more than our family could use and we decided to sell some. But we needed to make sure we were selling the honey legally and had a competitive honey price.

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Bee Bucks – The Cost of Beekeeping

Add to Favorites Keeping bees isn’t free and so I’m often asked, “What is the cost of beekeeping? If I’m looking to start a honey bee farm, what is the …

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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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Conduct an Alcohol Wash for Varroa Mite Monitoring
November 22, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Monitoring Varroa destructor’s infestation levels is arguably one of the most important tasks on a beehive inspection checklist — yet mite checks are also the most commonly forgotten task. This doesn’t have to be with so many fast and simple methods available.

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I Found Dead Moth Worms on My Bottom Board
November 21, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

I was out inspecting the bottom board of my strongest hive. I found 3 dead moth worms. The hive is three deep and packed. Is there anything I can do / should do this late in the season to treat? I did the OAV treatment this fall from your tutorial and it worked great.

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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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What’s Wrong with my Homemade Fondant?
November 14, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Beekeepers add vinegar to fondant recipes under the mistaken idea that you need to invert the sucrose for the bees. This is not true. Most nectar is mainly sucrose, but the instant the bees ingest it, their saliva breaks it down into glucose and fructose.

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Steps for Successfully Filtering Beeswax
November 14, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Add to Favorites When people find out that we are honey bee farming, they always ask about the honey. But bees also produce beeswax and something will need to be …

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