Healthy Bees

Varroa Mites: Control Them Now

May 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Gary S. Reuter, Apiculture Technician Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota   An important item for overwintering is to ensure mite levels are low—for sure by the end of August. You need to have at least one round of brood raised without mites in the cells to assure healthy winter Read more >

Streaked Honey/Dysentery

May 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Meghan Milbrath, PhD Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University There is nothing worse than opening an overwintered hive to find the bees dead and the equipment streaked and spotted with bee feces—dark brown splatter on top of frames, on the front of the hive, and Read more >

Making Increase

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Don Lam Editor’s Note: Don and his wife Jean have been keeping bees for a quarter-century, providing pollination services as well as package bees and nucs. (They are sold out for 2013.) Learn more at www.donlambees.com. If you are like most beekeepers, you have often said to yourself, “I really Read more >

Split Insights

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Cleo Hogan I would never let my hives swarm and attempt to catch swarms for a variety of reasons. First, the parent hive will very nearly split evenly, leaving as many bees behind as leaves. This gives you two even hives, but, one has an old queen most often at the end of her productive life, not a good Read more >