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What to do with old, dark comb

What to do with old, dark comb

August 31, 2020

You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what? 

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A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

August 25, 2020

It's honey harvesting time. Yay! But you have a box with thousands of bees in it. How do take the honey and leave the bees behind?

I explain three options for you:

• the recommended option for hobbyists

• what many commercial apiaries do when working with thousands of hives

• some gadgets that claim to do the work for you

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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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My Experience Working for Commercial Apiaries - the good, the sexist and the annoying

My Experience Working for Commercial Apiaries - the good, the sexist and the annoying

July 16, 2020

Before starting my own bee farm I worked for two other apiaries. One was a small farm and the other had 3,000 hives. I cared for bees, gave tours, bread queens, and was told I couldn't be a beekeeper because I was female.

In this episode I tell the stories from my 7 years with these companies and witnessing Hawaii go through a terrible collapse of the bee population when the varroa mite arrived. 

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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!). 

Check out Andrew's new book, Honey and Venom, Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper. It's not just for beekeepers, but anyone interested in a unique and funny story about a man with one of the most interesting jobs in NYC.

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Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby for Self-sufficiency

Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby for Self-sufficiency

March 26, 2020

People are running to the store to stock up on food and other necessities, but what are they doing to become more self-sufficient?

With just the five products you can harvest from a beehive, you can produce a sweetener, cough medicine, lotion, an immune boosting elixir, and protein-rich food.

You can also create your own wood stain and furniture protector and make fabric water resistant.

In this episode, I talk about the many things you can do with the products harvested from the beehive and why beekeeping is one of the best hobbies for those who want to be more self-sufficient.

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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Swarm Catching Gone Wrong

Swarm Catching Gone Wrong

September 5, 2019

A shoe box full of bees, the meanest bees I ever met and encounters with queen breeders accusing us of stealing their bees. I've caught a swarms and did bee removals in the past. This episode I share some of the dumb things I've done while attempting to catch swarms, the annoying people I've met and why I still encourage beekeepers to try it anyway.

All About Varroa Destructor

All About Varroa Destructor

June 15, 2019

Learn all about varroa mites. In this episode I will talk about how varroa mites harm the bees, where they originated, their relationship with humans, and why it's in the mite's best interest to not cause too much harm to the bees.

Then for the beekeepers, I discuss integrated pest management techniques to keep mites levels low, what to do if you have an infestation and how to test your hive to see if what your mite levels are. I will discuss organic, inorganic and non chemical-based "treatments". For those of you who do not want to "treat" their hives, I offer suggestions for what to do if your hive is infested.

I would love to hear from you! Please email me at Laryssa@beekeepingmadesimple.com with topics you'd like to hear about.

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