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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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Beekeepers be warned. How COVID is Affecting Beekeeping.

Beekeepers be warned. How COVID is Affecting Beekeeping.

June 23, 2020

"Beekeeping! Let's give it a try." That's what a lot of people said when COVID-19 forced a lot of people into quarantine. 

I'm not dissing beginner beekeepers, but its causing problems for current beekeepers.

In this episode I talk about:

  1. How to prevent swarming
  2. Small tasks to do now so you don't have a ton of bee things to do late summer
  3. How to prevent a mini heart attack when you realize it will take 6+ weeks for supplies to arrive
  4. What to do if you can't care for your bees as often as you used to

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Asian Giant Hornet Update & Some of the Dumb Things I’ve Done as a Beekeeper

Asian Giant Hornet Update & Some of the Dumb Things I’ve Done as a Beekeeper

May 5, 2020

Some myth busting about the Asian Giant Hornet & why it could potentially cause a lot of harm to the honey bee population.

Then, I talk about all the dumb things I've done over the years as a beekeeper - why wearing fuzzy pants is a bad idea, how being a cheap beekeeper has led to a lot of these problems & why I've had to pull over on the side of a highway to let bees out of my car. 

If you're just getting started keeping bees or are thinking about it, I hope these stories encourage you to not take it too seriously and have fun. Everyone makes mistakes and I've probably made more than the average person.

Royal Jelly - Is it Really the Fountain of Youth?

Royal Jelly - Is it Really the Fountain of Youth?

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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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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Random & Obscure Facts About Honey Bees

Random & Obscure Facts About Honey Bees

December 23, 2019
  • Why is it better to stand still than swat at a bee?
  • Why do bees have hair on their eyes?
  • What drug is popular with both bees and humans?
  • Do bees sleep and what's your proof?
  • Why do bees shake each other?

Learn the answer to these questions and a bunch of other random facts about honey bees.

I also talk about how I made beeswax-dipped holiday decorations from stuff I collected on a walk in my neighborhood and dark brown wax I have laying around.

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All About Wasps - the non-stinging, the bee killers & the shrimp lovers

All About Wasps - the non-stinging, the bee killers & the shrimp lovers

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"

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.

The Easy Life of the Drone & His Sad Demise

The Easy Life of the Drone & His Sad Demise

April 12, 2019

This podcast episode is all about the male honeybee, also called the drone. For the most part, they have an easy job, but for those that make it to the start of Winter, their easy breezy lifestyle is cut short by their sisters. Is mating their only purpose and why are scientists so sure of this? How are drones used by beekeepers to keep varroa mite levels low and why is there a popping sound when a drone mates? All these topics are addressed in this episode.

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All About the Hard-working Worker Bee

All About the Hard-working Worker Bee

May 9, 2018

The worker bee does most of the work in the hive.

She makes up about 99% or more of the hive population.

She takes care of the baby bees, gathers nectar, turns nectar into honey, and is the only one who stings.

So what exactly are the drones and queen doing? We'll find the answers to these questions and more in this episode.

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