September 12, 2020
There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel.
Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs.
In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees.
For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees.
Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees
Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees.
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August 31, 2020
You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what?
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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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August 15, 2020
Butterflies! You've seen these beautiful creatures flying around and maybe even tried to catch one as a kid, but how much do you really know about them? Unlike honey bees, they're not great pollinators and they don't produce delicious food for us to eat. None the less, images of butterflies are everywhere - on cards, notebooks, mugs. They add beauty to the world and are a source of food for many animals.
In this episode, I talk with Jessica McAtee, a butterfly expert, so we can learn all about these fascinating creatures and how we can turn our yard into a butterfly garden.
For more info about butterflies, photos and links to butterfly resources go to https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/all-about-butterflies
You can learn more about Jessica's work with butterflies at HappyButterfly.net
And that wacky book I mentioned about bugs and how they reproduce is Birds & Bees: A Sexual Study by Stermer.
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.
I have a free beekeeping book just for you! Go to beekeepingmadesimple.com to download our ebook, The 7 Steps to Keeping Bees in Your Own Backyard.
March 14, 2020
Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance, or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!!
BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it.
I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not.
Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's something the worker bees are doing that causes infertility. Some scientists have recently changed their theory.
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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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October 1, 2019
Did you know most wasps are non-stinging insects? Or that there's a variety of wasps that can kill a beehive of 40,000 in under an hour?
Learn about these amazing creatures and why Hollywood is indebted to them in this episode about wasps. Featuring Joe O'Brien with his knowledge and love for these guys.
In this episode we talk about:
• the difference between wasps and bees
• how wasps can help your garden & other benefits of wasps
• a few crazy species of wasps including the "yak killers"
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.