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!
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
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!
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!