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How to Assemble a Deep Feeder with Cap and Ladders
July 15, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites Feeding honey bees seasonally or when you start a new colony is critical to the success of your beekeeping initiatives. You have several options for feeders, and …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper

Add to Favorites Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. Be respectful and thoughtful of our neighbors by following good beekeeping practices. Know …

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Navigating Urban Beekeeping Laws

Today, as more urban beekeepers start beekeeping, they are finding roadblocks to their hobby. These include urban beekeeping laws, rules, regulations, zoning, ordinances, and in some cases outright bans on bees — especially with some Homeowners Associations (HOAs).

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65 Pollinator-Friendly Plants Bees Love

Add to Favorites Beekeepers are investing a lot of time and money seeking a solution to the bee population decline, but in the meantime, gardeners can be the frontline troops in …

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How to Make a Bee Hotel

Add to Favorites By Leah Grunzke – Solitary bees face some of the same threats to their population as honey bees do. Loss of habitat is perhaps the single biggest …

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Beehive Inspection Checklist
June 6, 2019 · · Hive Highlights

Add to Favorites The only way to know exactly what is going on in a beehive is to actually take a peek inside. This can be intimidating, especially to a …

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Are Russian Honey Bees More Resistant to Varroa and Tracheal Mites?
May 14, 2019 · · Ask the Expert

Add to Favorites Ask the Expert: Are Russian honey bees more resistant to varroa and tracheal mites?  There is some research suggesting Russian honey bees are somewhat resistant to varroa …

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OAV Varroa Mite Treatment: Ask the Expert!
May 3, 2019 · · Ask the Expert

Add to Favorites Josh Vaisman replies to questions from his article: How to Treat Varroa Mites with Oxalic Acid Vaporizer (OAV) “knockdown” treatment: Jim writes:I loved your article on monthly …

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What’s Safe to Use in Your Smoker?
March 5, 2019 · · Ask the Expert

Add to Favorites H.J.M. writes: Is it safe to use the wood pellets for a Pellet grill in your bee smoker? +++++++ That’s a great question, H.J.M.! The simple answer …

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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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