Dead Colony Forensics

Dead colony forensics - examining a dead colony to help determine what might have been the reason for non-survival.  Identifying the problem can guide changes in management leading to improved overwintering success. Last year backyard OR beekeepers lost 43% of their overwintering colonies – there … Read more about Dead Colony Forensics

Winterizing bee hives

Proper ventilation is important for bee colonies year round but can be especially critical in the winter. In the PNW, moisture, rather than cold temperatures, is a major contributor to decreased survival. Bees can amazingly well tolerate cold but less so when they are wet. High hive moisture is … Read more about Winterizing bee hives

Winter (mite) Preparations

Winter? It seems like a long time before we think about winter but in reality it is not so far away IF we plan to do something about mites. NOW (end August/early September) is the proper time to sample colonies to determine risk level and make mite control decisions, if you wish to do so. Why … Read more about Winter (mite) Preparations

So what is your May plan?

May and Memorial Day bracket this busy bee month. I start analyzing the pnwhoneybeesurvey responses this month, including those from WVBA members. Results will be posted as soon as I can get them gathered and analyzed. Thanks to all who filled in a survey. In May, bee-wise, we should have strong … Read more about So what is your May plan?

New and Improved HopGuard II

HopGuard II, potassium salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), is produced from the cones of female hop plants. This biochemical miticide has been shown to be effective in combating varroa mites in bee colonies. It is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barth- Haas Group, … Read more about New and Improved HopGuard II