In our area, it is very important to keep the hives dry over winter. One way to do this is to add a moisture wicking material to the top of the hive so that the hot moist air created by the bees will not condense on the cold top and […]
Contributed by Dr. Dewey Caron May and Memorial Day bracket this busy bee month. I start analyzing the pnwhoneybeesurvey responses this month, including those from SOBA members. Results will be posted as soon as I can get them gathered and analyzed. Thanks to all Southern Oregon beekeepers who filled in […]
Contributed by Marianne Heater We are getting our annual fake out February here in Southern Oregon and my beehives are coming alive. Bees are out foraging on alder, hawthorne, early blooming rosemary and crocus. They are busy bringing in pollen that is creamy yellow in color as well as gray […]
When purchasing hive components, be aware that there can be differences in the dimensions of the boxes from different manufacturers. It is best to check with the supplier to make sure the boxes are compatible with your existing equipment. Shastina Millwork Shastina Millwork is a national premier hive component manufacturer located in […]
What hive components should you have ready for your first bees? Well, as in everything that has to do with keeping bees, there is no ‘right’ answer. All beekeeping is local, and the configuration described here is suited to backyard beekeepers in southern Oregon, where we have hot dry summers […]
The slatted rack is used for better overwintering and for swarm control. It is considered an essential hive component by some beekeepers. The slatted rack is placed between the screened bottom board and the bottom hive body.
Contributed by Dewey M. Caron In 2015, I surveyed 250 Oregon backyard beekeepers during April asking about overwintering losses, colony feeding, sanitation and varroa control efforts (The 2015 survey questions are posted on the website pnwhoneybeesurvey.com/annual-surveys/). Loss levels statewide were 27% for both 8-and 10-frame Langstroth hive beekeepers, double that number for […]
In the PNW Winter Loss Survey this past April, 250 Oregon and Washington backyard beekeepers provided information on monitoring bee colonies for mites, including 12 SOBA members. Thirty-seven percent (37%) said they did not monitor for mites . Twenty seven (27%) sampled pre-treatment and 30% sampled both before and following treatment. Thirty-seven percent […]
Register with Jackson County Vector Control to protect your bees from aerosol spraying for mosquitoes if you live in Jackson County. This is an important step for beekeepers within city limits as well as those out in the county. To register, call 541-826-2199 or use the Contact Us page on the […]
Contributed by Ellen Wright It seems that whenever a community discusses urban beekeeping, the overriding concern is the fear of being stung by a bee, and the possibility that the sting might be deadly. The data on the true risk of a deadly allergic reaction to an insect bite gives overwhelming […]
Contributed by Dewey Caron This has been a mild, dry winter for our bees. Let’s hope it continues [BUT we had a saying in Vermont, my birth state, ‘When March comes in like a Lamb it goes out like a Lion!’ ]. With this mild weather, I am sure most […]
There are a number of efforts underway to help restore the pollen and nectar smorgasbord that bees require.