From 2,000 to 0 Varroa In 8 Months
I thought it worth posting the timeline that reduced the varroa to zero and put out a positive message that beekeepers can significantly reduce high varroa levels.
Hive Two went from counts of 2,000 varroa in December 2013 to zero varroa by the end of July 2014
My interventions: Open Mesh Floor (all year), Apiguard (Aug/Sep), Oxalic acid (Dec), drone culling (May)
Bee interventions: Swarming (May) and a Supercedure (July)
Lessons Learnt: …
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Beekeeping can either be a full-time profession or an easy hobby. Nevertheless, more often than not, what started as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot simply tell and determine yourself that you will start to do beekeeping. Before starting on any hobby or profession, you need to have comprehension and sufficient knowledge on the area that you’re going to enter. If you really have been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for a long time, then it is about time to indulge yourself. Bee farming may not appear difficult; by learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons, you can be got away to a good start.
What does a beekeeper must understand?
On beekeeping to start at the right foot first, you should have full interest. You must spend time taking care of your own colonies of bees. You should have also consented to share your home space with the bees. There are possible dangers in beekeeping that can harm you but your family too. If you decide to let the bees inside your living space, then you certainly must know the supplies and gear you will use for beekeeping. Your focus isn’t just to build an income by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have passion and a keen interest in raising bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. The area must have adequate sources of nectar for the bees to get. You have to make sure beekeeping is enabled in your area, if you decide to put your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you need to get permission concerning this.
Beekeepers must understand whether beekeeping supplies are available in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you have to go to a neighborhood beekeeping shop; it is best that a nearby beekeeping shop is reachable.
Equipment and protective gear will also be important for beekeepers to understand. This will reduce the odds of being stung by your bees. Know the appropriate suit to choose to keep you from any possible danger in beekeeping.
If you’re unable to harvest honey from your bees all the beekeeping efforts would be useless. A beekeeper should know the approaches in gathering the honey in the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.