How Beekeeping Can be an Excellent Way to Reduce Stress and Improve Mental Health

For many people, beekeeping can seem like an unconventional hobby, at least when compared to activities such as music, art, and sports. Still, it can certainly have some of the same benefits as them, especially when it comes to helping you relax. This article will show you why you should consider beekeeping if you have an affinity for nature, particularly bees, and you’re looking for an interesting and adventurous way to destress.

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The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Mason Bees

Keeping Mason Bees

Keeping mason bees is important to many people because of its function in plant pollination. This ultimate guide to keeping mason bees takes you through various practices for best result. Some bits of it are also applicable in leafcutter beekeeping. Both mason and leafcutter bees are native and solitary. They do not form colonies but instead make nests in hollow cavities. Their lifecycle is very unique and dependent on the seasons of the year. Each year, the old generation of mason bees dies so that there is new generation the following year. In this guide, you will get useful information about many things including the lifecycle of mason bees, how they make nests, setting up a mason bee house and harvesting cocoons.

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An Introduction to Native Bees

Native Bees

Bees belong to a group of insects that belong to the Hymenoptera order, ideally referring to insects with membrane wings. Within this order are a total of 100,000 species of insects. In total there are 25 thousand different kinds of bees in existence. Most people are more familiar with the honey bee, primarily because they are largely domesticated and they produce a food consumed by humans. There are however, many other bees that live a solitary lifestyle. This kind survives and thrives inside small tunnels. Bees are social insects and even in cases of solitary species, you might find a number of females sharing a tunnel. Some other bee species exhibit a semi or social organization with a hierarchical arrangement for the female bees. Bumblebees, tropical stingless bees and honey bees belong to the same family. The social organization of this group is similar across the board, with one fertile female queen vested with the responsibility of laying eggs for the colony. The other colony members will devote their lifetime to serving the queen and handling any other important tasks within the colony. These include cleaning, defense, feeding brood, feeding the queen, removal of dirt or dead bees, foraging, and many others.

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Causes of Environmental and Climate Change

Global warming and other environmental issues have been the biggest concern in the current world. But, unfortunately, many things are not going right. And if we want to achieve sustainable development, it is necessary to understand the various factors that are causing shifts in climate and degrading the environment. Many individuals are not keen to conserve the immediate environment because they have not experienced certain changes. Only those who have experienced adverse weather conditions advocate for measures to conserve the environment. That should not be the case because, with the current rate of environmental degradation and climate change, we are all bound to face the consequences shortly. Therefore, if we have to save the future generation, we must understand the various factors contributing to climate change to address them effectively.   Sometimes we fail to offer sustainable models on conserving the environment because we are not aware of the major agents that degrade our setting. Here are some elements you must know to protect the immediate environment from effecting positive change in the climate.

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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 the Cloudy Wing Virus Affect Honey Bees

Honeybee Colony

Perhaps you have also come across the graphic example of the extensively publicized economic, social and political disruption that has been caused by the widespread colony collapses reported by migratory beekeepers within the US. That helps attest to the fact that honey bees face serious challenges and need intervention. Many of the challenges that play a role and can result in death of bees include: parasites, diseases, climatic factors and exposure to chemicals such as pesticides or insecticides. A virus such as the Cloudy Wing Virus (CWV), a widespread infection can have a serious effect on honey bee colonies. It has been tested and categorized as one of the viral diseases that affect bees.

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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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