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Swarm Prevention and Control

Congratulations if your bees survived the winter. The main honey flow will be upon us in several weeks. To obtain a good honey crop, a honey bee colony must have many bees (about 50, 000). However, a populous colony is … Continue reading

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Feeding Early Spring Protein Supplement

Winter has morphed into Spring almost overnight in the Northeast. What is a honey bee to do when nothing is yet blooming, meaning that fresh pollen for brood rearing is unavailable? Feeding a pollen substitute patty inside the hive is … Continue reading

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EPA Registers Oxalic Acid to Combat Varroa Mites in Bees

EPA is registering a new miticide, oxalic acid, to combat the devastating effects of the Varroa mite on honey bee colonies. Oxalic acid is currently registered for this use in Canada and Europe. Recognizing beekeepers’ need for additional registered tools … Continue reading

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Early winter hive check

This weekend, December 20-22, promises to bring a welcome warmer weather break for Southeastern Pennsylvania honey bees and an opportunity for beekeepers to assess hive stores.  Choose the warmest part of the day and check to see if your bees … Continue reading

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Emergency late summer/pre-fall bloom feeding

Please check your bees to determine if they required feeding.  In some locations there are NO flowers in bloom and bees are extremely low on stores.  Several individuals have told me that their bees are on the verge of starving.  … Continue reading

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Queenless hive?

Queenless hive? Don’t panic!  How can you know if your colony is queenless? After a colony has swarmed, many times beekeepers ‘feel’ that their colony may be queenless because they see no eggs or young larvae.  Before exploring the question … Continue reading

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Bumble bee kill in Oregon: neonic Safari determined as cause of 50,000 deaths

Spraying of the neonicotinoid Safari has been determined to be the cause of the largest  bumble bee kill ever documented in the US.  55 flowering lindens were sprayed to rid the trees of aphids. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/pesticide_confirmed_in_bee_dea.html#/0 see the Xerces Society:  http://www.xerces.org/ and … Continue reading

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