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How to Make Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles are desirable; unlike paraffin, they don’t drip, don’t sputter, and don’t smoke, but they do burn a long time. You can make three basic types of candles from beeswax: rolled, dipped, and [more…]

Why Would Honey Bees in Your Beehive Become Aggressive?

Bees become more aggressive for a number of different reasons. Consider the following possibilities, and see whether any apply to your situation with your beehives: [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…]

How to Raise a Queen Bee with the Miller Method

Raising genetically strong queens that produce healthy colonies can help you avoid the multitude of worries and problems currently facing honey bees. Robust colonies are resistant to pests, chemicals, [more…]

How to Raise Queen Bees with the Doolittle Method

Raising genetically strong queens that produce healthy colonies can help you avoid the multitude of worries and problems currently facing honey bees. Robust colonies are resistant to pests, chemicals, [more…]

Choosing the Type of Honey You Will Harvest from Your Beehive

What style of honey do you plan to harvest from your beehive? You have several different options. Each impacts what kind of honey harvesting equipment you purchase, because specific types of honey can [more…]

Choosing Equipment for Extracting Honey from Your Beehive

When you’re ready for your honey bees to start producing honey from your beehive, you need to get hold of the appropriate kind of honey-extracting equipment. Tools are available from beekeeping suppliers [more…]

How to Brand and Sell Your Own Honey

As a beekeeper, you may want to sell your honey. And you may want to give some advanced thought to the branding you’ll put on it. Selling your honey can create a nice little supplement to your regular [more…]

How to Know When to Harvest Honey from Your Beehive

Generally speaking, beekeepers harvest their honey at the conclusion of a substantial nectar flow and when the beehive is filled with cured and capped honey. Conditions and circumstances vary greatly across [more…]

How to Remove the Bees from the Honey Supers in Your Beehive

Regardless what style of honey you decide to harvest, you must remove the bees from the honey supers before you can extract or remove the honey. You’ve heard the old adage, “Too many cooks spoil the broth [more…]

How to Extract Honey From Your Beehive

Extracting honey is easier to do when the honey is still warm from the beehive as it flows much more freely. Follow this procedure when extracting honey from your hive frames: [more…]

How to Extract Wax From Your Beehive

When you extract honey, the cappings that you slice off represent your major wax harvest for the year. You’ll probably get one or two pounds of wax for every 100 pounds of honey that you harvest. This [more…]

How to Create a Second Bee Colony From Your Existing Beehive

You can create a second colony from your existing colony. You don’t even have to order another package of bees! Free bees! Ah, but here’s the dilemma! You’ll need a new queen for your new colony. Strictly [more…]

How to Combine Two Bee Colonies into One Hive

It’s better to go into the winter with strong bee colonies; they have a far better chance of making it through the stressful cold months than do weak ones. If you have a weak hive, you can combine it with [more…]

Setting Up an Observation Beehive

An observation bee hive is a small hive with a glass panel that enables beekeepers to observe a colony of bees without disturbing them or risking being stung. Such hives usually are kept indoors but provide [more…]

How to Plant Flowers for Your Bees

Flowers and bees are a perfect match. Bees gather nectar and pollen enabling plants to reproduce. In turn, pollen feeds baby bees, and nectar is turned into honey to be enjoyed by the bees and you. Everyone’s [more…]

Finding the Queen Bee

Every colony needs a queen so you need to find her in every inspection. Many new beekeepers have difficulty finding the queen. Remember, a large, well-bred queen is easier to see than many of the small [more…]

Examining Each Frame for the Queen Bee

Use only a very little smoke when you open the hive. Too much smoke makes the bees run about and the queen may move from comb to comb or onto the wall of the hive. Withdraw frames gently and quietly. You’re [more…]

Marking Your Queen Bee

When you’ve found the queen in your beehive, it’s a good idea to mark her so that you can easily find her in future. The best time to find and mark her is at the first inspection in spring when fewer bees [more…]

Beekeeping For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Beekeeping is a unique and immensely rewarding hobby. This Cheat Sheet gives you some quick tips for finding and marking your queen bee to make you feel more confident about beekeeping in no time. [more…]

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