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Tracheal Mites

Tracheal mites (Acarapis woodi) were first found in the United States in 1984 in the state of Texas, and have continued to spread and are still a problem to this day. THE SPREAD OF TRACHEAL MITES The mites live in the tracheal tubes (breathing airways) of honey bees, a heavy infestation results in bees that don't live nearly as long and their production is cut short. The mites are … [Read more...]

Marketing Your Honey

So, you've worked hard and have some healthy hives that are producing a fair amount of honey for you. What now? Most beginner beekeepers don't have a marketing plan in place before they've gotten to this point. If you've been thinking about putting some of your honey out on the market then read on, hopefully you can pick up a tip or two. There are basically three ways for you to try and get a … [Read more...]

Honey bee life cycle

The honey bee life cycle, here referring exclusively to the domesticated Western honey bee, depends greatly on their social structure. Colony life Unlike a bumble bee colony or a paper wasp colony, the life of a honey bee colony is perennial. There are three castes of honey bees: queens, which produce eggs; drones or males, which mate with new queens and have no stinger; and workers, which are … [Read more...]

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

The past couple of years, CCD has allowed many in the public to read about problems, hear our concerns, and for some, actually get involved. But for as many side benefits that CCD has created, what will happen when that same chatter goes away? Will we wait for the next tragic circumstances to unfold and hope we benefit from that also? Or is it time to perhaps do something ourselves to further … [Read more...]

Limiting Use Of Pesticides And Insecticides for The Sake Of Your Bees!

Imagine life for a minute without bees; no beans, squash, tomatoes, onions, corn, and carrots to eat, not to mention hundreds of other vegetables that are dependent upon bees for pollination. Nothing happens in the vegetable garden without pollination! How about all the fruit we have come to love and think we couldn't do without? Fruits are as essential for nutrition in our diet, as are … [Read more...]

Are you ready for the Nectar Flow?

1. Do you have enough Supers? 2. Are you using drawn comb or foundation? 3. How old is your queen? 4. Are your colonies strong enough in forager age bees? 5. Are you going to be AHEAD of your bees, or behind of their actions? 6. Do you really know WHAT causes swarming, and how to reduce the chances? Your success in obtaining a strong honey crop is dependent on how you handled the questions … [Read more...]