Episode-163- Varroa Counts Mite Away II Effects On Beehive Part 2 of 3

Watch live crawling Varroa mites!  Manage Varroa Counts. This video was taken 24 hours after the application of the formic acid strips to Bee Hive B. The intent is to show you How to Use Mite Away II for Varroa Mite Control. The initial die of young bees was quite frightening to watch the first night. There […]

Episode-160- Varroa Counts Put Mite Away II Strips In The Beehive Part 1 of 3

Varroa Counts The video for today’s episode show how and why I apply Mite Away II strips to control Varroa mites in Honey Bee Hive B. Varroa mites are the number one honey bee killer on earth. This is the first of a three part series that will document the placing of the strips and observations […]

Episode-138- Check Varroa Counts Mite Drop In Honey Bee Hive

The Varroa Counts Mite drop count in both hives is extremely low and the survival of the honey bees at least through the winter seems possible. It has been one week since I greased the board and when I went to check today there were only a couple of mites on Hive A’s board and […]

Episode-172- Varroa Counts Get The Hive Back To Normal After Using Formic Acid

                  Varroa Counts Today’s video shows the final part of the three part series on how I applied Formic Acid to Honey Bee Colony C. The mite count on the drop board on April 7 was too high for comfort especially in light of the loss of Colony A last November. […]

How To Use Essential Oils For Mite Control

This honey bee management tip will show how I use essential oils and honey b healthy to start the spring feeding and keep the Varroa destructor at bay. This should also help with tracheal mite control. I use 5 drops of lemongrass, 15 drops or spearmint and 20 drops of wintergreen. I also use 3 […]

Episode-236- 7 Essential Supplies For Spring Beekeping

2014 is my fourth beekeeping season. Right now the top bar hive seems like it will make it into spring no problem. However, getting them out of spring will be the challenge. It’s been a long much too long winter and the bees will need to work hard in between the early rains to gather […]

Episode-211- Fruitless Fall Book Review

Fruitless Fall book review: 1. What I learned The difference between the waggle and tremble dances foragers perform upon their return with goodies from the field. Foragers do waggle dances when recruiting others to a good nectar or pollen or plunder site. The tremble dance is what foragers do when in need of receivers of […]