How to Protect Your Beehive from Killer Bees

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…]

How to Detect Varroa Mites in Your Beehive

Somehow the Varroa mite has made its way from Asia to beehives in all parts of the world, with the exception of Hawaii. Varroa has been in the United States since the late 1980s [more…]

How to Control a Varroa Mite Problem in Your Beehive

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…]

How to Detect Tracheal Mites in Your Beehive

Trachel mites, organisms that can terrorize the bees in your hive, are much smaller than the period at the end of this sentence and can’t be seen with the naked eye. Dissecting an adult bee and examining [more…]

How to Control a Tracheal Mite Problem in Your Beehive

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…]

How to Detect and Control a Beehives’ Small Hive Beetle Problem

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…]

How to Keep Larger Animals Out of Your Beehive

Even healthy bee colonies can run into trouble every now and then. Critters can create problems for your hives. Anticipating such trouble can head off disaster. And if any of these pests get the better [more…]