Marika left this comment on “Thoughts On Varroa Mites”
1 question I have re: dealing with varroa mites- with Langs you have a sticky board so you can check on mites – I am wondering how you keep tabs of varroa mite with a Warre hive, and from what I am reading it seems as though one leaves it to nature and are not doing anything to get the mites to drop off the bees, onto a sticky board, etc. Is this correct? and how do you look out for mites and what do you suggest beekeeper w/Warre hive do to keep an eye on those pesky mites?
In one of my recent posts I talked about feeding your bees in the early spring. Well, my method works fine if the weather is warm enough for your bees to be flying around outside the hive.
But, how can you feed your bees if the weather is too cold for them to leave the hive?
Springtime is coming. The honeybees are flying on warm winter days, getting ready for the busy time of spring. But are your honeybees ready for the hard work ahead?
You can build a Warre Hive for free! Don’t you just love it when you get great ideas? I know I do. This idea is a really good one too…
We all want stuff for free. So what if you could build a bee hive for free? That’s right…no materials cost, no wood cost, no glue cost. Free.
Would you do it?
Here is the basic idea…
Hive robbers are bad for your beehive. I am not talking about the two legged kind. I am referring to honeybees which will rob other beehives. Not too long ago I received the following sad message from Fred:
We’re pretty much beginners, our third try at keeping bees. We have learned from our mistakes, but our latest hive has just succumbed to raiders after being so promising. We had a healthy hive as far as we could tell and had added two honey supers and were looking forward to harvesting one after opening the top one and finding it almost completely full.
One of my beehives was going crazy
Talk about unsettling! Two days ago I looked out of the window and saw one of my beehives going crazy. I instinctively thought, “Oh no, they are going to swarm!” Then I remembered I had just added another hive box, so there was plenty of room for them to build more comb. What was going on?
This last week I received a call from a person who had honeybees in the back of his RV. I guess the bees just wanted some rest and relaxation. However, the RV owner did not want the bees! So, he called me and I went out to take a look.
He was astonished to see a lot of bees flying
The owner informed me that he had let his RV sit for over two years. He was just now getting ready to sell it. The owner had not noticed anything out of the ordinary when he was inside the RV, but when he went to the back to check on something…he was astonished to see a lot of bees flying in and out through a keyhole in a cubbyhole door. So, he gave me a call. When I got there, I went around back of the RV and opened the door to the cubbyhole. (I put on my bee suit first!) Sure enough, they had built a nest right inside the cupboard.