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What is Burr Comb? – Issues with Comb

What is Burr Comb

Any beekeeper, particularly beginners, would not want to come across burr combs in their beehives. Burr comb is formed out of the spaces that exist between the frames. The spacing should be as even as possible. Moreover, they should be just wide enough to allow for movement of the honey bees between the combs and the hive. This means that it should not be too large or too small. Burr combs connect one frame to a another nearby frame, or one frame to the wall of the beehive. This depends on where the space occurs. This is problematic for the beekeeper since the connected frames cannot be removed easily or safely. This is because the burr comb must first be broken before the frame can be pulled from the hive. This can take a lot of time to correct.

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How to Deal with Wildlife Squatters in Your Backyard

House owners know the worth of well-maintained and cozy backyards. The entire family can gather in that area after school or work to have a rest and spend some time together. However, it’s difficult to relax when you have wildlife squatters in the backyard. They can cause significant damage to your shrubs and flowers. Also, some pests could spread into your house and make a real mess there. In this article you’ll learn how to deal with wildlife squatters and free your backyard.

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Analyzing Honeycomb: Queen Cells/Comb

Queen Cells

The honeybee colony is complex by design and handle seamlessly a number of tasks: defense, communication, division of labor, food production, nest building, colony condition control, and many others. Within a colony exists a number of cells and it is crucial for the beekeeper to understand how each looks like. Knowing how to identify and analyzing queen cells is essential since this is where the future of the colony is pegged.

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The Importance of Honey Bees in Agriculture

Importance of Honey Bees in Agriculture

Bees are an important species impacting many aspects of human life, particularly agriculture. Plant production in agriculture requires fertilization of plant gametes. This is enabled by pollination, which is largely about the transfer of pollen grains from one section of the flower to another. In the best cases of pollination, pollen from one plant is transferred to another plant of the same species. This is called cross pollination. Genetic diversity in plants of the same species is better with cross pollination than with self pollination or vegetative growth of new plants. This article discusses the importance of honey bees in agriculture, and gives you a perspective on the roles all species play in sustaining life on Earth and how they impact ecosystems.

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Amazing Things You Can Make out of Beeswax

Bees are essential for human life - they pollinate 75% of farmed crops and 90% of wild plants. If bees became extinct, there would be widespread global famine, and humans would soon be extinct too. Not only are they of utmost importance for the ecosystem; bees also produce wax that can be used for some amazing products. It’s not just good for polishing furniture: beeswax is actually a valuable commodity. If the bees produce 1lb of wax, they would have to consume between 6 and 8 lbs of honey. Beeswax is also antibacterial and antifungal, which is why it is often used in toiletries. This versatile product simply wouldn’t be possible without the bees. 

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How to Attract and Catch a Swarm of Bees

How to Attract and Catch a Swarm of Bees

Beekeepers seeking to expand their apiaries need to get honey bee swarms for new beehive boxes. To do this, you may either purchase package bees or catch a swarm of bees yourself. In this article, we'll discuss in detail how to attract and catch a swarm of bees. It also explores different ways to make sure the swarm you catch gets comfortable quickly in their new home.

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Ideas to Go Backyard Camping

Backyard Camping

Camping is one of the oldest and arguably most popular outdoor activities. Anyone who’s looking for some good old outdoor fun should consider camping as one of the options. That said, it’s worth mentioning that if you wish to go camping, you will usually need to prepare well in advance, to ensure that you’ve got all you may need. However, if you add a bit of a nontraditional twist to this fun activity, you can enjoy it practically whenever you feel like it. Backyard camping has become a very popular option, especially for people who can’t really afford to up and go camping whenever they feel like spending time in nature. It’s also a great option for kids to have some outdoor fun, while still staying safe. So, let’s explore some fun backyard camping ideas.

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Want to Stop Being a Buzzkill? Start by Helping Save the Bees

Save the Bees

Bees are important to the food chain for humans around the world. Perhaps this is why bees have recently been declared “the most invaluable species on the planet.” Unfortunately, the world’s bee population is threatened. Colony collapse syndrome has been killing bees in record numbers - and nobody is sure why. Even worse, as politics come into play, saving the bees looks to be an uphill battle.

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How to Install Package Bees – The Beginners Guide

Installing Package Bees

Beekeeping is a wonderful and satisfying activity for many people all over the world. It is a creative use of space for both conservation and profit purposes. Package bees are an excellent way for beekeepers to get started with a new hive. Installing package bees may also be used to strengthen weak colonies. This article will help you to have a smooth time as you will learn how to install package bees into your Langstroth top bar beehive.

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Stakich Raw Honey Review

Raw Honey

Honey is one of the major products from beehives. The other one is beeswax. Honey is harvested in many different ways. The method of harvesting honey is often determined by the needs of the consumers of honey and the type of beehive used in the apiary. After harvesting, honey may be processed in varying ways to give derivative products of varying purity. It can also be blended with other beehive products or compounds to make cosmetic, food and health preparations. Processed and filtered honey loses some of its desirable properties. This Stakich raw honey review highlights noteworthy offerings from the company and suggests a few places you can use the raw honey.

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