The Essentials of Managing Beehive Pests
Even healthy bee colonies can run into trouble every now and then. Critters (four-legged and multi-legged) can create problems for your hives. Anticipating such trouble can head off disaster. And if any pests get the better of your colony, you’ll need to know what steps to take to prevent things from getting worse.
The killer bees with the bad PR are actually Africanized Honey Bees (AHB), or Apis mellifera scutellata, if you want to get technical. The killer bee pseudonym was the doing of our friends in the media [more…]
A number of products and techniques are available that help reduce or even eliminate Varroa mites populations. This mite, which looks a lot like a tick, is about the size of a pinhead and is visible to [more…]
Tracheal mite infestations are a problem to the bees in your hive, not a hopeless fate. You can take steps to use a number of techniques to prevent things from getting out of control. It isn’t a case of [more…]
Most common beetles that wander in and out of a hive are not a problem, so don’t panic if you see some. But the small hive beetle is an exception. The larvae of this beetle eat wax, pollen, honey, bee [more…]