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How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

August 27, 2020

What do people do with their frames of honeycomb after they extract the honey out? 

That's a big question that few people have a good answer for. You have insects and small animals that will want to eat it and make a home out of it if you don't keep it safe. Luckily, I have a few options for you. I explain what I do, what large apiaries do, and the extra options you guys in cold weather states can do.

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Bees in the Summer - Heat Waves, Robbing, Bearding & Hurricanes

Bees in the Summer - Heat Waves, Robbing, Bearding & Hurricanes

July 31, 2020

As I record this episode today, we are under a hurricane watch and dealing with other Summertime issues like robbing, bearding, high temperatures and dearth. 

I'll explain what all of these things are and what beekeepers and bee-lovers can do to help the bees when it's super hot out. Just for the fun of it, I'll also talk about honeydew honey (honey made from bug poop) and what to do if bees are visiting your pool. 

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Beekeeping on Rooftops - Interview with NYC Beekeeper Andrew Cote

Beekeeping on Rooftops - Interview with NYC Beekeeper Andrew Cote

June 8, 2020

Ever wondered what it would be like to keep bees on the rooftops of buildings in New York City?

In this episode I talk with author, and urban beekeeper, Andrew Cote, about his childhood growing up as a 4th generation beekeeper, his non-profit Bees Without Borders, why he tells people his profession is truck driver and all the work that goes into keeping bees in a big city (don't forget you have to pay the meter!). 

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A Look at Oxalic Acid for Treating Mites

A Look at Oxalic Acid for Treating Mites

January 22, 2020

I try to keep this podcast about topics that beekeepers & non-beekeepers can both enjoy, but this was a topic I thought deserved its own episode. Sorry non beekeepers.

Oxalic acid is a popular treatment for varroa mites, but was only approved to be used in the U.S. in 2015.

This episode talks about what oxalic acid is, the different methods it's used in the hive and my experience using it. Since my bees are in Hawaii where the weather is always warm and there is always brood present in the hive, my experience was very different than most. 

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How Honey Bees Survive Cold Winters

How Honey Bees Survive Cold Winters

February 10, 2018

European honeybees have been surviving cold winters for thousands of years before beekeepers existed. But how do they do it? Why don't they freeze? 

This episode talks about how bees survive the months of snow and cold weather and what beekeepers do to help the bees out in the winter. 

At the end we'll share some fun facts about bees in the Winter like the fact that bees don't go to the bathroom in the hive. On the first warm Winter day, you'll see thousands of bees fleeing the hive on a "cleansing flight" to relieve themselves. Curious what bee poop looks like? If there's snow on the ground, you'll see little specks of yellow and orange. 

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