Revised Miticide Regulations

Honey Bee Macro photo by ?

Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

What is Sustainable Beekeeping?

Italian and Carniolan honeybees on lavendar

By Jim Bach Sustainable – what is it in beekeeping? Wikipedia suggests that it is: “the capacity to endure or continue” including the concepts of stewardship and responsible management. To further define sustainable the following sustaining factors must be considered: Genetics, quality, behaviors and survivorship of queens, and bee colonies, The occurrence, effect and survivorship of bee … [Read more...]

Swarm Management

by Bob Arnold Successful beekeeping depends upon having colonies at full strength when the major nectar flow starts. Swarming of the colony is a natural consequence of getting bees to the nectar flow with a large population of young healthy bees. Most colonies if managed to swarm strength by the major nectar flow will swarm if the colony is not managed properly. Even with the best of plans … [Read more...]