Clean your Bee Smoker To Make it Last Longer

Bee smokers are very beautiful and shiny when they are new. After a few uses, they begin to show signs of use. over time, the residue and creosote build up inside the smoker can cause it to operate poorly.

A working bee smoker is a necessity when handling your hives. The smell of a mammal approaching puts the bees on high alert. The scent of smoke masks the human odor slightly The plumes of smoke from a smoker make the bees think that they need to gorge on honey just in case the hive is on fire. You are basically tricking them into going deeper into the hive which is safer for you and them.

Have you ever thought about proper smoker maintenance? Most beekeepers just scrape the residue out and keep going. There is more to maintaining your smoker than just a quick clean up. Continue reading “Clean your Bee Smoker To Make it Last Longer”

5 ways to avoid getting stung in the Bee Yard

How to Avoid Bee Stings while raising Honey Bees

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The first question anyone asks when they find out that you are getting into beekeeping is most often regarding stings.

They ask things like:

“How often do you get stung?”,”Do they sting you?”, and “Aren’t you afraid of being stung“.

The simple and honest answer to the root question is – sometimes.

Honey Bees will avoid stinging you unless it is necessary because they die if the stinger is pulled from their body.

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Top 100 Plants You Can Grow To Help Increase Bee Population

The Bees Need Our Help Planting a Pollinator Garden can be rewarding for everyone. Deciding what to plant can be difficult.  Use this guide to find something that you can grow and help #savethebees. Trees to Bring In Bees Bees and Trees need each other. Plant some trees if you can. Alders Basswood Black locust Fruit trees, especially apple, plum, and cherry Hazels Maples Redbud … Continue reading Top 100 Plants You Can Grow To Help Increase Bee Population

10 Herbs for your Pollinator Garden

Because it is #pollinatorweek, we are listing our favorite plants for pollinators. Today’s focus is on herbal varieties. Pictured at left  Mr. Stacky Herb Planter Even if you are limited on space, you can plant a small herb garden to attract bees and other pollinators. These 10 herbs are perfect for a beginning herb gardener. Bonus: You will have herbs on hand to use for … Continue reading 10 Herbs for your Pollinator Garden