Pants Are Overrated

June 28, 2013 | Dronings From A Queen Bee

By Charlotte Hubbard I’m on a swarm list, and crave calls from people hoping I’ll take away the stinging insects swaying under their picnic table, or from their kids’ swing set. Most beekeepers love to capture swarms, but the timing can be tricky. You have to be ready to drop everything and go after Read more >

Is there a method to clean and restore leather bee gloves?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. I have a question to which you may have the answer: Do you know of a method for cleaning and restoring the flexibility to cowhide leather bee gloves? I have an excellent pair of bee gloves that is so inflexible that they cannot be used. Please give me any information that you may have. —G. A. Readers? 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 >

Any issues with the plastic queen excluders?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. Has anyone had any issues with the plastic queen excluders such as lower production for the supers after the excluder? Maybe the workers can’t get through with the pollen? Also, are screen inner covers that helpful during the summer months? Thanks. —David C. A. Beekeepers are divided on the Read more >