Posts Categorized: Pest and Disease Control

Nosema in the Lab

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/28/nosema-in-the-lab/

Looking into the eyepiece of my microscope at the water-mount slides I have prepared, hardly anything I see resembles honey bees.  Coincidentally, everything appears a monochromatic amber-gold very close to the color scheme of the inside of a hive.  But that is really where the similarity stops.  Instead of seeing a humming colony of busy,…

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Beekeeping Video Game to Identify Brood Stages

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/21/beekeeping-video-game-to-identify-brood-stages/

OK, so maybe its not technically a video game, but Reed Johnson at Ohio State has developed an online program called Broodmapper.com  to inspect brood frames. Citizen science is a term used describe similar projects, where the general public participates in the collection and analysis of data. Often the tasks include an educational component. In…

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Wax Moth

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/10/wax-moth/

I would like to talk about a pest previously mentioned in these blogs called the “Wax Moth.” This pest can be a problem all year round especially with stored equipment. Here are some ways to store comb, if you have any other ways to store your equipment please post in the comments. You can use…

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Test for Varroa

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/21/test-for-varroa/

I am going to save my original topic of propolis and bee health for a later weeks since it seems more apt to talk about Varroa this time of year. Late summer and early fall is the time when many beekeepers treat for Varroa. Treating now reduces the number of mites feeding on the bees…

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Battles at the Entrance

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/16/battles-at-the-entrance/

As fall approaches and forage becomes scarce, honey bees become more aggressive to protecting their honey crop. The honey crop is collected throughout the spring and summer. They use the stored honey throughout the winter to fuel their survival by beating their flight muscles to generate heat to warm the colony. The honey becomes very…

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SBV or Sacbrood Virus

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/25/sbv-or-sacbrood-virus/

In 2005 I started keeping bees. I never saw any disease or virus in my hives until the 2008/2009 season. The first disease I noted in the summer of 2008 was DWV, which is an acronym for Deformed Wing Virus. In the spring of 2009, I found another virus…Sac Brood Virus or SBV. During an…

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