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Don’t Miss The Mite Treatment Window

By Sonny Reeder / August 13, 2014

If you are planning to treat your bees for mites, do not wait until late fall.  By late fall, the mites have typically already done their damage and the bees are too weak to tolerate a treatment.  Your treatment will have the best effect in late summer, when both the bee and mite populations are at their highest.

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Facts About Honey Bees

By Sonny Reeder / August 12, 2014

There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone. The queen may lay 600-800 or upto 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees. Honey bees can fly at up to 15 miles...

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Don’t Wait Too Long Without A Queen

By Sonny Reeder / July 10, 2014

Get into the habit of looking for young brood and eggs whenever you inspect your colony.  If you see evidence that your colony is without a queen, you need to act as quickly as possible to secure a replacement queen.  Otherwise, you will either lose the entire colony or end up with a colony of laying workers, which is very...

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Make Sure You Use Enough Smoke

By Sonny Reeder / June 8, 2014

For some reason, beginning beekeepers seem to get a little shy with their smoker.  If you want to calm your bees, you need to get two to three full puffs of smoke into the entrance before working the colony.  Then use a little more after you open the lid or separate the boxes.  If you don’t smoke the bees enough...

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The Beekeeper’s Year – January

By Sonny Reeder / January 1, 2014

The Bees. The queen is surrounded by thousand of her workers. She is in the midst of their winter cluster. There is little activity except on a warm day (about 45-50 degrees) when the workers will take the opportunity to make cleansing flights. There are no drones in the hive, but some worker brood will begin to appear in the...

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