More Advanced Classes for Aspiring Beekeepers

Once you have mastered some of the basics, build on it with some specific topics that will help you understand more about what you are looking at when you take off the cover of the hive and peer down into the magical world of bees.  Understanding how to handle diseases is critical to the success of your hive.  
 
The Honey Bee Pest and Diseases Class is a 2 hour class that covers Common Diseases of Honey Bees (Important!) Honey Bee Integrated Pest Management,  and Mite Testing and Medications.  It will include both an indoor discussion and outdoor open hive demo.  Go to REGISTRATION to schedule classes.

Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

 

Honeybee Integrated Pest Management
Common Diseases of Honeybees
 

Your local veterinarian for Fido and Fluffy is not going to be too thrilled to see you hauling a beehive into their office when your bees begin acting a little less enthusiastic than usual.  Learn to spot the warning signs of common diseases and predators for bees in our area.  It is an unfortunate reality that all bees in the United States are afflicted by certain parasites.  Your bees will be no exception.  

We will talk briefly about colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon that has been blamed for commercial beekeepers losing huge numbers of bees, and what steps you can take to keep your bees healthy.  Approaches using traditional medicine and also natural, organic methods will be discussed.

Integrated pest what?  If you are interested in raising your bees with as little medication treatment as possible, this is the class for you.   Integrated pest management is a strategy that incorporates equipment that is placed in or around the hive to help control honeybee pests.  It is recommended for all beekeepers to learn what they can do to reduce pesticide usage. 

IPM is used by some as their sole treatment option and by others in conjunction with traditional medications.   Equipment will be demonstrated as well as proper usage.

Mite Testing and Medication Usage

 

Unfortunately, it is a fact that varroa mites are present in practically every honey bee colony in the United States and in several other countries around the world.  Ignoring their presence can be detrimental to the hive.  Strategies to keep mites from overtaking the hive, medications and when to apply them will be reviewed. 

Discussion using both organic and traditional approaches will be included.  Recipients will also make and take home a mite testing container for use at their home apiary.  

 

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