Thursday, May 19, 2016

SWEET BEE STUFF


I am learning so much stuff in the middle of the night, when I can't sleep and get on my iPad and read about bees.

This week, I've been learning about the problems of  beekeeping  and I found this so fascinating that I want to share with you.

It seems that bees can get mites and from what I understand, they are much like a tick or a flea...a pest that they can control on their own, but can get out of hand in some cases...but here's the coolest part that still blows my mind...to treat them...you dust them with powdered sugar!

WHAT???

So a few weeks ago, our hive swarmed and in my early morning education I found that
this was really a good thing...nature's way of bees multiplying

our bees simply ran out of room

so I hurried and ordered a new hive and an upstairs for my existing hive, knowing that this is the time of year to be swarming and I wanted to be ready to catch another one if the chance came our way

and it did!!

we got a phone call from a teacher who had a swarm in her backyard

So the Mister and I grabbed our outfits and off we went!

video from Beekeeping Like a Girl

this was a very each catch and the bees were so docile

he put them in a box
and we brought them to 822
where we had lots of pretty flowers

and then...... 
YIKES!!!  One of those very scary storms brewed up in the west
and it was so bad that we even made the news on The Today Show!


Flowers...gone
Roses....gone
Tree leaves...gone
BOO!


Bees in cardboard Nuc box?
Damaging hail, high winds, flooding rain

They hung in there until we could put them in their new home


well hello new bees! 
hope you like your new cute bee house!




5 comments:

laurie said...

wow, that's amazing!!

Heather - New House New Home said...

Brave girl!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Theriouthly I would never catch bees in my hands! I can't believe that powdered sugar gets rid of mites on bees...or that bees even get mites. And how in the world did someone figure that out? I wonder if I have mites. I'd better roll in powdered sugar just to be sure! LOL You are the Queen Bee for sure! Love ya, T.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

so glad you made it through the storm in one piece (well minus a few edges) and that the bees stayed. Amazing what one can learn on the internet.

Anajá Schmitz said...

Que legal, virastes uma apicultora.
Bjos
tenha uma ótima semana.