Storm Preparation -
The uncertainty of tracking of hurricanes leads us to some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please disseminate to your local network of beekeepers, concerning these tips for keeping your hive safe.
First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top-
Second, make sure each hive is setting on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple.
Third, make sure the hives are not in low-
Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. Take precautions, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA) & CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical Manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.
Hope your bees stay safe and dry!
Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU Apiculturist
Wax in cells (arrows)
Quickly and evenly apply beeswax to the frame.
As a new beekeeper, I have heard of others using hot-
This process is effective whether the frames are wired or not.
Note: The microwave used in this example is a 1350 watt unit, set at normal setting. For microwaves with other wattages, you will need to observe when about half of the wax melts, then remove the wax for application.
Hive Tip #1 -
Do your honeybees gather around the bird bath in your yard during hot and humid weather and drown?
Here is one solution-
During three weeks of research, I tested two hives with this feeder design and found that the green 16 ounce soda bottles are best for this application:
Note: Avoid using 2-
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