FAQs

What should I do to prevent yellow jackets from attacking my hives?

July 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q. I have a Kiefer Pear tree that is always loaded and lots of them rot on the ground, attracting yellow jackets. Because of an early warm spell followed by hard freezes, 2012 was one of only two years in fifty that it did not bear. As soon as it froze in the fall and the honeybees clustered, the yellow Read more >

Is there a good reason to leave two queens in a hive?

July 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q. I’ve heard that about 20% of hives have two queens in the summer. Got one of those. I was showing a 10-year-old and his Dad a hive, and pointed out our marked queen. Of course it was the kid who asked “well, what’s that other long bee then?” Is there a good reason to leave two queens in a Read more >

A lot of sugar water is in my honey. Should I throw it away or refeed it back to the hive?

July 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q. Hello, this is my first year at beekeeping. I read Beekeeping for Dummies and have researched a lot of websites to get the knowledge needed to raise a healthy hive. I received a package of Italian bees on April 20th. I fed them 1:1 ratio of sugar water every day for this is the information I was seeing Read more >

Why not put a queen separator under the box to prevent swarms leaving?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. One of my swarms left a day after I brought them to their new home. What do you think about putting a queen separator under the box to make sure they don’t take off? A. Some beekeepers recommend that, but there’s risk. A swarm is often composed of multiple swarms—a large primary one with Read more >