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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Beekeeping Info: Checklists and Hive Beetles

I've been working our beehives this spring in preparation for our honey flows this year. We had 4 hives going into spring, did one split and have purchased 2 additional NUCs, giving us a total of 7 hives this year.

I just found out about a new type of bottom board called the Freeman Beetle Trap that works GREAT if you are having any problems with HIVE BEETLES. We're planning to switch all of our bottom boards to this as a protective measure:


While reviewing the website about the beetle bottom board, I came across this EXCELLENT checklist for inspecting your hives.


It has a good worksheet to use for each inspection and also goes into detail for new beekeepers - telling you not only what to look for, but what to do depending on what you find during your inspection.

ALSO, for those of you who might want to computerize your hive inspection info, I found this FREE online program that allows you to list your apiary and up to 6 hives and gives you a way to make notations about each hive when you inspect it:


If you have more than 6 hives, there is a premium version available for purchase for $15 that will let you list up to 1000 hives and even frame by frame inspection information.

And if you have a smart phone, the software is mobile enabled so that you can enter your inspection info on your phone and immediately into your PC without syncing - you can also print out smart labels to staple to your hive that your phone camera can "read" and then pull up the hive info on your phone - all this sounds pretty cool to me.

DISCLAIMER: I do not work for this company and am receiving nothing for posting this info - I just happened to find this program and started using it for our hives and have really liked it.

Anyway, hope this information helps some of you beekeepers out there!

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Anonymous said...

thx u very much, i learn a lot

Anonymous said...

You might also like this site: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm for beekeeping-related information.

I think the last [not the current] issue of American Bee Journal had the results of an experiment with, of all things, that corrugated plastic that they make signs out of, and it works well for SHB as well. Doesn't matter the size of the corrugation, just the fact that it's attractive to the little buggers...

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