Oxalic acid in December is an effective method of varroa control
Wally Shaw gave an excellent talk of swarm control at our meeting in April 2015. His booklet is available free of charge on the Welsh beekeepers website:
The rich variety of native honeybee subspecies and ecotypes in Europe oﬀers a good genetic resource for selection towards Varroa resistance.
Although Autumn is the traditional time for honey shows, preparations should begin much earlier in the year.
Full and partner members of North Staffs BKA benefit from two types of insurance: third party cover for beekeeping activities and primary hive products cl_2015_policy_wording_1444854145 insurance_certificate_signed_1446737156 Bee disease insurance (BDI) limited cover for destruction due to foulbrood
Please be aware that both AFB and EFB have been found in North Staffordshire A useful booklet can be downloaded from the National Bee Unit Foulbrood Disease of Honeybees
This interesting german video (narrated in english) describes a large scale selection process but the description of varroa monitoring and a method of collecting bee samples is relevant to small scale beekeepers
This is an interesting way of keeping bees (and amazing house in the background!)
Bees in danger: Epidemic of colony collapses is linked to stressed out honeybees When honeybees are under stress they respond by sending out the youngest workers Steve Connor in the Independant Monday, 9 February 2015 The sharp decline in honeybees…
The photograph shows a colony that died out in January, with the queen in a tiny cluster surrounded by food. This had been a strong colony but had been troubled by high levels of varroa, despite treatment with formic acid…