Understanding the Deformed Wing Virus in Honeybees

Deformed Wing Virus

The deformed wing virus (DWV) is a viral infestation of the bee colony. It is also called the deformed wing disease and it affects honey bees worldwide. This virus presents multiple symptoms and deformities and is named after the most obvious one suffered by bees: wing deformation. This deformity is induced in the pupa stage of a honeybee’s lifecycle. Their wings become shrunken and deformed among other often visible developmental deformities. It has become a global crisis for the bees and also for us as humans, since our survival is tied to them.

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Best Mason Bee Nesting Materials (2022)

Mason Bee Nesting Materials

Mason bees are solitary bees but can live near each other in nests. For best results in mason beekeeping, be sure to use the best mason bee nesting materials that you have access to. The best materials ensure that your starter population of mason bees flourishes and grows in number. Both beginner and experienced beekeepers can keep mason bees with ease. The bees work with most materials you will think of as long as they are natural and organic plant material. Even then, research indicates that some materials are more friendly and favorable to mason bees. They take to these materials quickly and build compartments more willingly. Pipes and tubes are the preference of mason bees. They love those that have a diameter of around 8 millimeters.

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How to Make a Homemade Bee Feeder

Homemade Beeder Feeder

Honey bee colonies sometimes experience periods of resource shortage. It is alright to feed honey bees when they do not have enough food resources to keep the colony going. Feeding the colony requires you to have one or more types of feeders. There are also many different types of feed that can be given to honey bees and the main ones are sugar syrup and pollen. Pollen is usually fed in powder form, or in the form of pollen patties. Sugar syrup fed to bees is of 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, or 2:1. This article delves into the feeding of honey bees and how to build a homemade bee feeder for your apiary.

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The Importance of Keeping Records as a Beekeeper

Beekeeping Records - Keeping Records as a Beekeeper

Beekeeping benefits a lot when you run the operation while keeping proper records. Both beginner and experienced beekeepers can appreciate the importance of keeping records as a beekeeper, to the best of their abilities. Various factors determine what type of records you can keep in your beekeeping operation. The factors also influence the data or information you capture. Beekeeping records can contain text, numbers, diagrams, pictures, audio captures, and videos in use alone or in various combinations. Technologies applied in beekeeping help with data collection for records, as well as with better storage of the records.

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Declutter Your Life with These 4 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Techniques

Regardless of the season, it’s never too late to give your home a spring cleaning. As the old saying goes: “A clean home is a happy home.” You can make your home even happier and healthier by using eco-friendly cleaning methods. Not only will you avoid exposing your loved ones (and your pets) to potentially harmful chemicals, you’ll also help the environment while cleaning and decluttering your home.

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Beehive Split – How to Split a Hive

How to Split a Beehive

Beekeeping comes with a number of maintenance and management activities that beekeepers have to carry out periodically. The frequency of carrying out these activities varies by necessity, and by preference of individual beekeepers. Splitting a hive is one of these activities. It is mostly done to prevent swarming. Beekeepers seeking …

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How to Treat Wax Moths in Beehives

Wax Moths in Beehives - Greater Wax Moth

Honeybee colonies face a great number of threats in their beehives. The wax moth is one of the many pests that can cause damage to bee colonies. There are two types of wax moths: the lesser wax moth and the greater wax moth. Both have similar methods of causing trouble in a beehive. The greater wax moth is more prevalent in beekeeping regions, and causes more damage than the lesser wax moth. In this article we will discuss how to treat wax moths in beehives, but first, let us take a look at the wax moth itself.

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Top 10 Best Bee Smokers for Your Beehive (2022)

Best Bee Smoker

Any serious beekeeper understands the tremendous benefits associated with the bee smoker and cannot afford to survive without one. The tool has a rich history and has undergone various modifications and you can now get one that is near perfect. There are various types of bee smokers out there and thus it is pretty easy to get the right one for your business or hobby. In this article, we'll discuss the best bee smokers out there for your money.

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