Category: Beekeeping

What Beekeepers Should Know About Queen Bees

Everyone knows that the honeybee queen is the most iconic element of a hive. The queen is the only egg-laying female, and she takes sole liability for the colony’s procreation. She also carries a distinctive smell that maintains a hold on the other members of the hive. Yet, she is not an all-powerful ruler. Considerably,…
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Fascinating Fact About Stingless Bees

Depending on where you are living or where you have been, you may or may not have heard of stingless bees. If you have never left North America, you may never have seen or heard of them. The reason is that we don’t have them here. They are only found in a few locations around…
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How to Avoid Getting a Bee Sting

By the time they are adults, most people will have been stung by a bee at some point in their lives. I, Matthew Davies, don’t think I will ever forget my first bee sting as a child. There was a hot burning sensation that continually grew more intense as the seconds passed. Once the stinger…
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Different Ways to Protect Honeybees

Certainly, you have heard about the bee epidemic we are facing in the world today, and that we need to save the bees. But, do you understand the full ramifications of bees dying off? I, Matthew Davies, am going to make sure that everyone understands why it is vitally important that we save honeybees, and…
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How to Move a Beehive

Moving beehives is my least favorite part of beekeeping. Most hobbyists don’t often have to move their hives, but occasionally an issue will arise where it will need to be done. After hearing about several of these moves gone wrong, I decided I needed to write this how-to guide. What You Need to Know There’s…
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Tips for Beekeeping with Children

I, Matthew Davies, was recently talking with other parents about beekeeping with my kids. They expressed disbelief that I would expose my young children to such a danger. It took more than an hour to make them a little more comfortable with the idea. That discussion inspired this blog, so I’d like to take this…
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How to Store Honey at Home

Storing honey can be tricky, leaving both beekeepers and customers confused about the best ways to store their honey at home. Many people believe that crystallization, also known as sugaring, indicates that the honey has gone bad. In fact, one of the most common searches on Google about honey crystallization asks if honey should be…
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How to Help a Bee in Distress

Have you ever been walking around your property and come across a bee that is in distress? How about finding a bee that seemed grounded and unable to fly? When you happen across this, do you get the urge to do something? I, Matthew Davies, have been in your shoes before. Due to the shrinking…
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The Pros and Cons of Queen Excluders

In beekeeping, as in life, opinions are as varied as the people who give them. When it comes to researching beekeeping “best practices,” I, Matthew Davies, have often uncovered more questions than answers. Take, for example, the practice of introducing queen excluders to a hive. Queen excluders enable beekeepers to keep the queen segregated from…
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Putting Your Bees to Bed for Winter

Depending on where you live, you may have to prepare for your hive the winter. That being said, some of the suggestions below may not apply to all beekeepers. Nevertheless, putting your bees into hibernation mode needs to be discussed. I, Matthew Davies, know that the calendar still shows it is October (which is technically…
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