The best beekeeping practices for summertime (Part 1)
Summertime is an exciting season but also very challenging for all the beekeepers. For the bees, summer is a busy time as well. As all plants bloom, the nectar reaches its peak. When that happens, bees are working tirelessly to collect pollen and gather the nectar, followed by intensive honey production.
How do we protect our bees from pesticides?
Pesticides and insecticides have been indicated as major factors contributing to the decline of the honey bee colonies. The effects of pesticides on exposed pollinators are extremely harmful, but also honey bee habitats are in great danger once they are exposed to the toxicity of pesticides.
Beekeeping guide: How to catch a swarm of bees
Catching a swarm of bees is a great way of getting free bees! So, whether you’re just starting off as a beekeeper or you’re simply on a tight budget, capturing a bee swarm might be the best and cheapest solution for you. You see, catching a swarm is in no way a spur-of-the-moment type of activity.
Keeping up with the queen bee in spring
With the bee population growing at a fast pace, you need to make sure the queen has not laid eggs in the honey super. This usually happens because she is getting crowded in the lower deep hive body boxes or has just wandered off. If this is the case, you should let the brood hatch and use a queen excluder to keep her out of the honey super.