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  Topic: Launched Beekeeping Site, Appreciate Feedback! :)
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:25 pm   Subject: Launched Beekeeping Site, Appreciate Feedback! :)
Hey everyone,

After 3 months of accumulating beekeeping information from expert beekeepers, governments, bee specialists, and beekeeping associations, www.howtobee.net is live!

Anyone can do bee ...
  Topic: Best type of Bee
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:20 pm   Subject: Best type of Bee
Local bees are almost always more resilient to diseases and to other pests. Why? They've had the time to build up antibodies and good genetics that help them combat their local predators. However, I s ...
  Topic: Bee poo
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:16 pm   Subject: Bee poo
After doing some research, a few bee biologists (Lars Chittka and Jurgen Tautz) seemed to find that bee excrement was similar to scent marks used as visual cues by bees.

After searching through the ...
  Topic: Bee poo
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:07 pm   Subject: Bee poo
This is a pretty interesting study that these scientists did: (Microbiology of Feces of the Larval Honey Bee by M Gilliam).

After taking larval honey bee feces, they found that it appears larvae ca ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:58 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
Ants may or may not be a problem. It depends on the ants.
If you want to keep them away from your hives, you can spread something non-toxic around the legs/base such as talc powder, diatomaceous ear ...
  Topic: Ant Control
HowToBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:54 pm   Subject: Ant Control
I am not sure if it's true at all, but I heard if you sprinkle ground cinnamon around the hive and on the top of it, ants tend to stay away from hives.

Perhaps it's important to note for the future ...
 
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Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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