Sunday, June 15, 2014

Beekeeping Webinar: Hive Monitoring for Pests

 Hive Monitoring: Measuring Primary and Secondary Pests of Your Hive 

     I have always used a sticky board under my screened bottom for mite testing but recently learned that this may not always be a good indication of hive mite population.  If your bees are not good groomers or non hygienic you may have a high number of mites that don't show up on your testing board.  I've used the test board on the basis that a 24hr count of 10 or below is insignificant and above 50 is a major problem.  When or how you treat depends on your beekeeping style.  The approximate number of adult mites would be the 24hr count times 60.  Of course it is not the mites themselves that are the problem but the diseases that they bring like the Deformed Wing or Kashmir Virus which friends have observed recently.  I will confirm my board counts with the "Sugar Roll" method of mite testing.
     While there are numerous methods of dealing with Varroa including treatment free (used by a few natural beekeeping friends of mine) I presently employ the annual split (brood break), screened bottom, alternating organic treatments (Formic and Oxalyic Acid) to prevent pest adaptation (only when a high mite count) and regular monitoring. Of course everyones' goal is to have hygienic bees capable of effectively managing mites.
     On June 18th at 9 AM (EDT=PFE pretty frigging early for us west coasters) Ohio State University will be presenting the free webinar "Hive Monitoring: Measuring Primary and Secondary Pests of your hive" featuring master beekeeping instructor Alex Zomchek with 40 years of beekeeping experience.

"Are you monitoring your hives for varroa and other key pests? Knowing what's there is the first step to successful pest management. Alex will explain the "whys, hows and whens" of hive monitoring for primary and secondary pests, just in time for summer monitoring of varroa."

     To join in this free webinar login as a guest at .  This webinar will be recorded and available at the OSU Bee Lab website and the webinar section of our Beekeepers' Library.

Angry stormy weather Bee

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Wonder of Bees

     A great BBC series that follows Martha Kearney's beekeeping adventures in England.  To view more Bee Documentaries check out the Bee Video page of our website. 
     Our bees have had a great start to the year with a few colonies 4 deeps full.  We are entering a high pollen period with the Black Locust trees, raspberries and blackberries coming into bloom and hopefully good foraging weather.  This period will last for about a month followed by lesser but diverse and consistent foraging for about 3 months until October.  A split I did a few days ago appeared to have active robbers so I made and applied a robber screen which has done the job.  I hope all of your bees are as happy and healthy as ours.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Beekeeping Webinar: Ten Rules for Modern Beekeeping

     Ohio State University will be presenting their next free monthly beekeeping webinar on May 21st  from 9AM to 10AM (Eastern District Time).  The presenter will be Kim Flottum, editor and author of Bee Culture Magazine.  The webinar is entitled "Ten Rules for Modern Beekeeping".

"From Good Genetics to Pest Control to Best Wintering, these rules will guide you and your bees through even the most trying times. Distilled from decades of working with bees and beekeepers to discover what works and what doesn't, Kim Flottum shares what he has learned from thousands of hobby, sideline and commercial beekeepers, everyone just like you. Plus, he adds a few thoughts on Rules For Modern Beekeepers, too. It's not all about the bees, but it's all about beekeeping."

      All webinars are free, and pre-registration is not required. To join this free webinar, follow the link and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 on May 21st:

     This and each monthly webinar will be recorded and archived on the OSU Bee Lab website the day of the session and is also available in the webinar section of our Beekeepers' Library.

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