Posts Categorized: National Management

Hive Beetle Traps: National Management Survey 2011-2012

This installment reviews the differences in reported winter colony losses related to the use of hive beetle traps. Beekeepers who reported use of Small Hive Beetle Traps in at least some of their operations did not loss more or fewer colonies than those who didn’t. The small hive beetle is an opportunistic pest of honey bee…

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Nosema Control: National Management Survey 2011-2012

A fungal disease of the honey bee gut known as nosema disease is caused by the microsporida Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. The only product currently registered in the US to control this disease is Fumagillin. Survey respondents were asked if they used Fumagillin or Nosevet at least once, to a majority of their colonies, between April 2011 and March 2012….

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Bacterial Brood Disease Control: National Management Survey 2011-2012

Some beekeepers use antibiotics prophylactically or in response to brood deseases European foulbrood and American foulbrood, which are caused by bacteria. Survey questions allowed a comparison of winter mortality among those who indicated they applied an antibiotic (Terramycin and/or Tylosin (Tylan)), at least once, to a majority of their colonies between April 2011 and March 2012. Beekeepers…

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Honey Bee Tracheal Mite Control: National Management Survey 2011-2012

Honey bee tracheal mites are parasitic mites that can be controlled with the registered product Mite-A-Thol, or with grease patties which are made from sugar and vegetable shortening. Few beekeepers reported using either of these control methods and no significant difference were found between beekeepers whom used or did not use one of the control…

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Varroa Control: National Management Survey 2011-2012

There is little doubt that varroa mites are a big problem for many beekeepers. Simply put these parasites spread viruses and weaken colonies and are arguably the single most important contributor to colony losses over the last 20 years. So what’s a beekeeper to do? A summary of 2011 -2012 winter losses suffered by beekeepers…

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Respondent’s Losses Profile: National Management Survey 2011-2012

The Respondent’s Losses Profile reviews how management styles, region, operation size, operation type, and season affect colony losses last year as reported by beekeepers in the 2011-2012 survey. Not surprisingly, most losses are reported to occur over the winter season, although summer losses are not insignificant. Beekeepers who kept colonies in exclusively southern regions on average lost 16.7% less colonies…

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Bee Informed National Management Survey 2011-2012

Management Survey 2011 – 2012 How average losses were calculated and presented Summary of respondent losses Losses by region Losses by sub region Losses by State Losses by operation size Losses by operation type Losses by management philosophy Losses by income Losses by reason for keeping bees Years as Beekeeper Varroa control  “Known” Varroa control…

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National Management Survey 2011-2012 Vlogs

Watch all vlogs here! How average losses were calculated Summary of respondent losses Varroa Control Tracheal Mite Control Bacterial brood disease control Nosema control Carbohydrate feed Protein feed Feed supplements Comb management Small hive beetle control Winter preparation Colony placement and honey production

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Winter Preparation: National Management Survey 2010-2011

The 2011 survey asked beekeepers about methods used to prepare colonies for winter. Winter losses were reduced by the use of an upper entrance and equalization of colony strength. No other reported winter preparation technique had a measurable effect. Winter Preparation On the 2011 National Management Survey, beekeepers where asked if and to specify how…

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Hive Beetle Traps: National Management Survey 2010-2011

This installment reviews the differences in reported winter colony losses related to the use of hive beetle traps. Beekeepers who reported use of Small Hive Beetle Traps in at least some of their  operations reported losing, on average, 9.2 fewer colonies per 100 (26.3%) than those who did not report using Small Hive Beetle traps. Hive Beetle Traps…

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