Posts Categorized: Basic Beekeeping

Smoker Plug

https://beeinformed.org/2012/07/06/smoker-plug/

It has been really busy out in the Midwest recently. Liz and I visited nine beekeepers in North Dakota the past week. Once I catch up with the work, I will write more about the experience. But for now, here is something on smokers. Having your smoker puff billows of smoke out of your truck…

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Swarm Season

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/25/swarm-season/

I am sure you have all heard it, or maybe even been fortunate, or rather should I say unfortunate enough, to witness, attempt to prevent, or have your hive succumb to what this year has experienced especially frequently—swarming.  Maryland beekeepers would agree, as I heard in the state meeting this past weekend, that calls for…

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How to Install Package Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/29/how-to-install-package-bees/

Last Thursday our BRL Team came into work bright and early, expecting a routine day of National Honey Bee Survey and BIP work. Our normalcy lasted all of about 15 minutes when Bart Smith rushed in to announce that our package bees, scheduled to arrive the next week, had come the night before and all…

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Killer Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/02/killer-bees/

Killer bees. We have probably all heard them mentioned at some point and time. As a child hearing about them scared the pants off me. Today, this is probably the second most popular question I get after I explain that I work with honey bees. 1. Do you get stung?! And 2. Are killer bees…

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Moisture Control

https://beeinformed.org/2012/01/13/moisture-control/

In some locations in the United States moisture can kill honey bee colonies over the winter months. This moisture is caused by the condensation of the water vapor as it rises from the cluster and cools at the interface between the warmer and colder air. This interface is usually at the inner cover in most…

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How to catch a swarm

https://beeinformed.org/2011/12/21/3129/

When someone informs you of a swarm, it is critical that you ask some important questions and take down some information before heading out to catch it. These important items include the following: • You need to know the height of the swarm to determine if you can reach it by standing or if a…

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Entrance Reducers

https://beeinformed.org/2011/12/10/entrance-reducers/

What is the purpose of an entrance reducer? Entrance reducers can be used for different things at different times of the year. Entrance reducers are most commonly used in the fall when forage becomes limited and bee traffic slows down. It is also important to seal up any other holes in the colony around this…

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Observation Hives: A Walk Through Time

https://beeinformed.org/2011/12/02/2935/

Dating back to ancient times, there has always been a fascination with honey bees. Hieroglyphics from early Egyptian culture have portrayed images of what many believe to be clues that beekeeping existed even in the ancient Egypt. It is this fascination that continued throughout history and, many years later, encouraged the construction of observation hives….

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