Beekeeping

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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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 […]

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What Can Bees Eat?

Just like other animals, honey bees also require particular elements to reproduce and to survive. Honey bee nutrition is important because it can affect not only their production of honey and the growth of their population, but also their contribution to natural food production. Unfortunately, there are times when bees […]

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How Much Does A Beehive Weigh?

The weight of a beehive indicates how healthy a bee colony is, how productive the bees are, how much honey they make, and how many bees are populating it. Monitoring the weight of a hive allows beekeepers to understand the situation of a colony and determine the right solution for […]