Category Archives: Beekeeping tips

Wax Foundation Contains High Levels of Pesticides

Wax Foundation Contains High Levels of Pesticides

  Beeswax is naturally porous and soaks up chemical residues like a sponge.  Since the majority of commercial beeswax comes from hives treated with various pesticides, the chemicals inevitably end up in the wax. Other pesticide and fungicide residues found in wax can come from tainted nectar and pollen that the bees bring back from…Continue Reading

Splitting Colonies & Making Nucs in the Spring

Splitting Colonies & Making Nucs in the Spring

If your colony survived the winter, the first thing you should do is celebrate.  It can be difficult to get bees through their first winter in your location because it can take the bees a year or two to get accustomed to the local nectar, pollen, propolis, and fungal sources (yes, the bees need mushrooms). …Continue Reading

Langstroth vs. Top Bar Hive – The Great Debate

Langstroth vs. Top Bar Hive – The Great Debate

We here at Wild Bunch Bees sell only top bar hives. However, I have managed Langstroth hives in my apiary. I will be very fair in comparing our top bar hive design with the standard Langstroth hives because there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Hopefully, after reviewing the pros and cons between both hive types…Continue Reading

Sugar Syrup Recipe – Lowering the pH

Sugar Syrup Recipe – Lowering the pH

During my first year of beekeeping, one of my hives died in a span of 3 days from the fungal parasite called nosema ceranae. The parasite, which can also transmit a virus, is passed quickly from bee to bee when they exchange food. Nosema ceranae causes severe dysentery in bees and if not treated quickly…Continue Reading

Insulating Your Hives

Insulating Your Hives

In reviewing old beekeeper literature, sometimes there will be references made to beekeepers overwintering their hives indoors in a basement or garage to keep their colonies warm.  Some beekeepers still wrap their hives during the winter with felt paper to “insulate” their hives even though this is more of an air-sealing activity. However, many beekeepers…Continue Reading

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