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Varroa mites can weaken your colony and make your hive susceptible to secondary pests. Oxalic acid is one of the best ways to manage your varroa populations in your hive. Oxalic acid kills 90-99% of the phoretic mites in your beehive. To reach these levels of effectiveness, however, the colony must be broodless. Your beehive […]Read more »
Swarm Essentials – Catch the Buzz In this episode, Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey teaches Charlotte French and Zach Foley about catching a swarm. She also goes into detail about her business as a beekeeper Our Guest Hilary Kearney is a full-time beekeeper in her hometown of San Diego, California. Her business Girl Next […]Read more »
Harvest Your Honey On this episode of Keeping Backyard Bees podcasts, Charlotte Brunin and Robert Riley meet with Becky and Steve Tipton to discuss all this honey including how to harvest from a Langstroth Hive. Our Guests: Becky Tipton and her husband, Steve, own Country Creek Honey and have been producing and selling honey for […]Read more »
Maybe you’ve heard people talk about siting your yard for bees. If you’ve looked into beekeeping online for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve come across this topic. Let’s cut to the chase – siting your yard means picking where you’re going to set up your hive. It’s an important first step […]Read more »
As you plan for the arrival of your new bees, you have many exciting things to consider. Is your equipment ready? Do you have all the tools and protective clothing needed? But one factor that is sometimes overlooked is hive placement. While any beehive can be moved to another location, the beekeeper and the bees will be […]Read more »
You have a sweet idea to start a honey business but you are wondering “how much money can one make selling honey?” “Is the honey business lucrative?” “How much does it cost to start a honey business?” Well, we have been there and we know how all sorts of questions concerning the honey business can […]Read more »
Picture this — it’s a warm, sunny day and the birds are singing. You’re trying to enjoy a family picnic, but the bees are buzzing about. Should you pack it up and head inside? No! The truth is, people misunderstand these insects. Most bees won’t go out of their way to ruin your day. Here […]Read more »
Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby that is enjoyed by thousands of people across the world. Beekeepers come in all ages and from all backgrounds. Almost anyone can become a beekeeper and you can keep bees almost anywhere. Are you considering embarking on the road to becoming a beekeeper? If so, you are in for an […]Read more »
I have allergies…let…me…tell…you…do I have allergies. Indoor, outdoor, seasonal…everything makes my sinuses upset. When I was a kid I did the whole allergy shot ritual, which seemed to do absolutely nothing except make me afraid of needles. I lived at our ENT specialist, tried every allergy medicine, nose spray, antihistamine there is and after all […]Read more »
No one can deny the benefits that bees give to the world. The world’s food industry depends on them for proper pollination to feed people around the globe. Plants depend on bees to spread their pollen and many homesteaders appreciate the extra help with their crops. Bees are all around helpful to have if you […]Read more »
Have you ever wondered why one hive may act differently than others? Or maybe why your once gentle hive is suddenly out to sting anything that moves? Hive temperament can be somewhat subjective (as some people are more tolerant of froggy bees than others), however, there is generally variation from one hive to the other. […]Read more »
As your child grows through their first few years of life, it’s fun to introduce them to new things. You get to show them the joy of going down a slide, learning to dance, and eating new foods. Kids have to be introduced to new foods gradually, depending on how many teeth they have and […]Read more »
Bees are some of nature’s biggest miracle workers. They support the worldwide agriculture industry, help plants pollinate each year, and keep the world running by flying around with their tiny, fuzzy bodies covered in pollen. They’re a precious resource for both humans and the natural world, especially because they produce honey. Honey has been used […]Read more »
It’s common knowledge that honey is one of the healthy and accessible substitutes for sugar, but along the way to prove that it’s better than refined sugar several myths passed as truths in many people’s minds. Today, we are going to name all the myths regarding honey. In other words, we’ll be clearing honey’s name. […]Read more »
Honey bees and bumblebees are the two most well-known bee species. Many people assume that the two live very similarly or that what is true of honey bees is also true of bumble bees, but they have some fascinating differences. Read on to find out how bumblebees differ from honey bees. Bee Colonies Bumblebees and […]Read more »