Wasp Trapping: There is a lot to think about when you are considering setting up wasp traps.  Because wasps and bees are closely related they are attracted by similar baits and repelled by similar substances.  This makes choosing a suitable bait quite tricky. Traditionally, we have understood that wasps are attracted to protein baits and […]

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Beekeeping Hygiene Bees are a food producing “creature” so all beekeepers should maintain simple hygiene practices to prevent contamination of honey and the spread of disease. Contamination can come from improper use of varroa treatment, contamination of comb between removal from the hive and packing and from Tutin. Disease can be spread by bees themselves […]

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It turns out for the last 50 years we have been wrong about the Varroa Destructor. The varroa is the greatest single problem for honeybees worldwide and scientists have challenged what we thought we knew. The varroa mite has been thought to feed on hemolymph (bees blood) New studies show that they feed on bee […]

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Crystallization Firstly, crystallized honey is not spoiled or of inferior quality. Why does honey crystallize? Honey is a super-saturated solution of two sugars – glucose and fructose and as such, it is a natural process that some of the sugar will separate from the solution. Honey can even crystallize in the comb. The proportion of […]

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Strange as it may seem, honey direct from the hive needs to be treated carefully to ensure it will keep well. Honey is composed primarily of sugars and water and will degrade over time if it is not completely capped at harvest time. Uncapped honey will still have too high a percentage of moisture to […]

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Although the Sherriff beesuits are manufactured from a lightweight Poly cotton (and this is what makes them so comfortable to wear) the protection value has not been compromised! The material is tight weave and has a smooth finish that makes it difficult for bees to grip. See the video below of the removal of a […]

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