Originally submitted by J. Morgan in 2013Revised Jun. 17, 2017 by Karen Ferguson to provide the latest info on alcohol washes blessed by SIBA. When I lost what I considered my best hive over the winter of 2013, I sent a sample of these bees to the Beltsville bee lab. It came back with a…Read more
Initial assessment of powdered sugar vs. alcohol wash in recovery of Varroa from adult honey bees
Contributed by Jim Orem and Kristen Giesting The goal of this study is to determine the effectiveness of using powdered sugar to detect varroa mites on adult honey bees. The standard protocol used by many beekeepers is an alcohol wash, which is said to be more effective, but also requires sacrificing 300 bees. Some bee…Read more
What can a beekeeper learn from a dairy farmer?
Ginger Davidson www.GeezBeezHoney.com As most of you know, I’m enamored with learning about drones - male honey bees, not the small flying machines. I truly believe that you can’t have a great queen without some awesome drones. With all the attention given to queens, drones are often taken for granted and forgotten. However, since the…Read more
Accelerators and Electronic Beams in Beekeeping?
submitted by Ginger Davidson www.GeezBeezHoney.com Yesterday, I took some of my beekeeping equipment to a company to have it sterilized through electricity based irradiation. Although the drive to Northern Indiana was long and I don't have any known diseases, I wanted to try this option as a precautionary measure with some of my older hive…Read more