Tag Archives : season 7

Varroa mite treatment – Season 7


Natural beekeepers practice different philosophies on treatment of bees. Some will use essential oils. Some will do nothing and breed for mite resistance. In this post, I will explain my own methods of dealing with the dreaded Varroa destructor mite, the worst parasite and enemy of Apis mellifera (Honey bee). What does the mite want to do with the bees?…

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Swarm prevention and expansion – Season 7


It is late spring (May). Swarm prevention is a hot topic among beekeepers. Honey bees tend to swarm less than other species, although their swarming behavior vary among breeds… Here is a list of the three common reasons for swarming, which should apply to Apis mellifera: The bees swarm, when the colony gets crowded (too many bees in all stages of development).…

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The pros and cons of beekeeping

So, you want to keep bees? – Season 7


  I have been planning to write this post for a while. I am often asked about how difficult it is to get into beekeeping, and I find that I often tailor my answer to the individual. Why not just  give a quick and enthusiastic “you can do it”? I hope that after reading this post, you can understand 🙂…

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