Author: Nicky Crisp

How To Tell If Your Hive Is Being Robbed

Honey bees have numerous enemies in nature, including wasps (especially yellow jackets), wax moths, hive beetles, and yes, even bears. However, it might come as a surprise for some of you to learn that honey bee colonies also sometimes attack each other. Namely, when food is scarce, an army of […]

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How to Help Bumblebees Infested With Mites

Mites? On Bumblebees? When we think of mites generally we think of the kinds that cause problems for us. You know, dust mites, bed bugs, and the like. Did you know that Bumblebees actually can suffer from an assortment of mites as well too? It sounds strange, but it’s true. […]

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Can You Use Pesticides in Your Back Yard? A Bees Story

Flying over Saigon, you wouldn’t know if five decades ago, the night sky was light by fiery napalm explosions while the day time sky glowed with a deep orange hue as planes sprayed Monsanto’s lethal herbicide, Agent Orange. You might be wondering “why the history lesson? I thought I you’d […]

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Is Pure Honey Becoming Harder to Find?

Is that honey jar you’re about to buy really from North Dakota? Or is it adulterated honey? Lot’s of people assume that every jar of honey is the real deal. A lot of bees did their best to fill jars of honey, and now, you can grab any jar off […]

What Do Bees Sound Like?

The different species of bees buzz in different ways. Bigger species of bees vibrate slower than smaller species and produce a lower-pitched buzzing sound. Different species of bees, coming from different places of the world, have different kinds of buzzing, too. So, what does a bee sound like? The ‘buzzing’ […]

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Are Carpenter Bees Bad?

If you have been around a barn, deck, or any place where there is exposed wood, you may have probably noticed these big black bees buzzing around or boring into wood. These are known as the carpenter bees who are similar to bumblebees. They do not feed on wood like […]

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Do Mason Bees Cause Damage?

Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem. Their existence allows a diverse culture of plants, foliage, and crops to continue thriving. There are actually thousands of species of bees recorded and one of these species is the masonry bees or mason bees as they are more commonly known. They […]