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Author: Brett

Galleria mellonella: An In Depth Introduction To The Greater Wax Moth

Galleria mellonella: An In Depth Introduction To The Greater Wax Moth

I have talked about wax moths here before, but this is a more in depth focus on the biology of the pest so that we can better understand the problem we are all trying to deal with. Wax moth infestations cost the beekeeping industry millions […]

Getting Started In Beekeeping – Necessary Equipment

Getting Started In Beekeeping – Necessary Equipment

Eight or ten frame? Wax or plastic foundation? Screen or no screen for the bottom board? There are so many choices when it comes to beekeeping equipment that, for a beginner, it can become overwhelming and discouraging at a time already filled with questions and […]

How To Overwinter Bees In A Northern Climate

How To Overwinter Bees In A Northern Climate

It’s already September? Where did the time go? It seems each bee year passes more quickly than the last, and now that the leaves are starting to turn colors here in West Michigan, I have to start dreading the cold half of the year. Shoveling, […]

Which Foundation Is Right For Me?

Which Foundation Is Right For Me?

So you are at the point in your planning for bees where you are stuck with some ideological decisions. This article is intended to help you with the decision of whether you should use foundation in your frames or not, and if you choose to […]

Varroa Destructor: An In Depth Introduction to the Honey Bee’s Most Dangerous Foe

Varroa Destructor: An In Depth Introduction to the Honey Bee’s Most Dangerous Foe

If you have been around bees or beekeepers at all over the last few years, you have probably heard of the varroa mite. You cannot have a discussion about the challenges of keeping bees without mentioning that destructive ectoparasite; they are seemingly ubiquitous, biologically and […]

Storing Drawn Comb/The Wax Moth Battle

Storing Drawn Comb/The Wax Moth Battle

So, you have finished your first year as a beekeeper and you have a lot of drawn comb in boxes that currently have no place on your active hives and now the question is, how should you store it so it is in good condition […]

Robber Bees And Yellow Jackets

Robber Bees And Yellow Jackets

When the days get shorter and the ferns turn brown, your bees want nothing more than to prepare for winter, kicking the drones out and centering the brood to be in the middle of the cluster. Whilst your bees are attempting to live peacefully, the […]

Honey Bee Stings: The Truths and Myths

Honey Bee Stings: The Truths and Myths

If you are a beekeeper, grew up in the country or just so happened to accidentally pinch the wrong flower, you probably have some experience with a honey bee sting. After the swelling goes down and it stops itching you forget about it until it […]

Raw and Processed Honey: The Truths and Myths

Raw and Processed Honey: The Truths and Myths

In today’s day and age we hear all of the time about the benefits of eating raw, organic or natural, and honey is not an exception. All over the internet there are wild, seemingly outrageous claims about the benefits of raw honey and the evils […]

When To Add Another Box To Your Hive

When To Add Another Box To Your Hive

  You may have just hived a package, set up a nuc or are just curious as to the “correct” time to add another box to your hive, but unfortunately I don’t have an answer for you. Let me rephrase that, I don’t have the […]