American Foulbrood Treatment and Management for Honey Bees

American Foulbrood Treatment

American foulbrood is a fatal disease of honey bee brood. It is caused by the bacterium, Paenibacillus larvae. Brood that has been infected by the American foulbrood disease, dies at the pupal or pre-pupal stage. Serious infections that spread over a lot of the brood in a beehive, cause weakening of the colony and its eventual death. This article discusses American foulbrood treatment and management for honey bee colonies and the necessary actions that beekeepers should take.

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Nosema Treatment for Honey Bees

Nosema is a fungal parasite of honey bees that causes the disease Nosemosis. There are two species of the microsporidian parasite: one is the Nosema Apis and the other is the Nosema Ceranae. Both are problematic to beekeepers in the USA and globally. The Nosema Ceranae has spread in recent years to many parts of the world. In the USA and Europe, Nosema Apis was the endemic species. However, the Nosema Ceranae has evolved alongside the Asian honey bees and then spread throughout the world. Avoiding losses from Nosema infections is important in beekeeping. This article gives you better understanding of the disease and how to go about conducting Nosemosis treatment for honey bees.

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Beekeeping Helps Depression

Bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem. If it weren’t for bees, our food supply would suffer substantially. Bees pollinate an abundance of crops, and of course, without bees, we’d be without items that have honey or beeswax in them. It’s because of this that we must thank our beekeepers. However, there are also ways that beekeeping helps beekeepers. These individuals need to maintain their mental health. There are ways that beekeeping can help depression.

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How to Build a Warré Beehive – DIY Beekeeping

How to Build a Warré Beehive

Various types of beehives are used in beekeeping. Perhaps the most common types are the Langstroth beehive, the top bar beehive and the Warré beehive. Warré hives are well liked for their focus on the well-being of honeybees. They are not common in use, but they have many advantages over other types of beehives. Warré beehives were invented by Abbe Emile Warré by mimicry of the hollows found in trees that bees naturally use as their hives. The use of Warré beehives is usually foundationless. They are great for beekeepers that want to house their bees and rear them in a close-to-natural way. This guide takes a look at how to build a Warré beehive, as well as its uses, management among other thing.

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How to Build a Quilt Box for a Langstroth Beehive

How to Build a Quilt Box for a Beehive

Moisture control in beehives is important for all beekeepers, and this can be achieved using various equipment such as moisture boards or quilt boxes. Quilt boxes are a standard feature of Warre beehives that some Langstroth beekeepers sometimes use. Not many beekeeping equipment manufacturers have quilt boxes for Langstroth beehives, however, both beginner and experienced beekeepers can build a quilt box for their own use. The process requires some wood and metalworking skills and a few tools. This guide shows you how to build a quilt box for a beehive and its use in beekeeping.

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How to Make a DIY Beehive Moisture Board

DIY Beehive Moisture Board

The amount of moisture in the beehive can cause problems to bees, if it is enough to condense on beehive surfaces. To prevent moisture in the air from condensing in the beehive, the air is scrubbed of the moisture. This is done by wicking the moisture from air using absorbent materials. A beehive moisture board is made using such materials. You can purchase this beekeeping equipment or make one. This guide takes you through the importance of a beehive moisture board and how to make a DIY beehive moisture board. It also highlights important moisture and temperature control needs for the beehive in beekeeping operations.

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How to Build a Beehive Moving Screen

Build a Beehive Moving Screen

Beehive moving screens are needed when transporting honey bee colonies. You can purchase one from beekeeping equipment sellers or make one yourself. Buying an already made beehive moving screen or making one is a decision that is up to the individual beekeeper to make. Of course, if you are good at woodworking, then building your own beekeeping equipment when you can, gives you the best assurance of quality and durability. You can also customize the beehive moving screen to suit your unique needs better. Customizing any pre-made beekeeping equipment that you buy, requires making modifications that could result in voiding warranties and affecting the life of the equipment. Here is a guide on how to build a beehive moving screen and how to use it.

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How to Control Moisture in the Beehive

Moisture Control in the Beehive

Moisture in the beehive has several negative effects on the well-being of the hive, the worst of all being that it endangers the honeybee colony living there. Proper ventilation of the beehive ensures adequate moisture control. There are various ways you can go about ensuring moisture levels in the beehive do not go too high. This article shares tips on how to control moisture in the beehive and looks at the various beekeeping equipment you can use to achieve this. Too much moisture in the beehive leads to organisms such as fungi, finding it easier to establish themselves in the beehive. It can also lead to condensation and droplets falling on bees. Honey bees can die when the cold water droplets fall on them.

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