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Beepods Better Beekeeping Blog

February 21, 2020
aerial view of a crop duster or aerial applicator, flying low, and spraying agricultural chemicals, over lush green potato fields in Idaho.

Pesticides and Bees

Pesticides. It’s kind of a loaded term. Before we dive into how they interact with bees and what you can do about it, let’s break down exactly what a pesticide is. To start, the word itself. Pest = nuisance, annoyance, thing-you-want-to-get-rid-of; cide = kill. Following that, the FDA description of […]
February 14, 2020
Beehive Transitioning to Spring

Transitioning to Spring: What are Your Bees Up To?

  We’re right on the cusp of outside bee activity for the year. In the winter, bees mostly stay in their hive and eat their honey stores; in the spring, they go out and start foraging again, replenishing their stock. What’s fun about right now is that they’re in a […]
February 10, 2020
Before de-winterizing your hive

De-Winterizing Your Hive

Punxsutawney Phil just popped up the other day and said spring’s right around the corner. That’s good news! Spring means it’s time to get back to work with our hives. Hopefully you took our advice on how to winterize your hive, but either way there’s work to be done. Depending […]
February 3, 2020
Worker Bee

Worker Bee: A Day in the Life

Bees live short, busy lives. The average lifespan of a bee is only six weeks. They come out of their cells working and keep at it until their wings give out. With up to 3,000 fellows born from each batch of eggs, it can be easy for one solitary worker […]
January 17, 2020
Varroa mite

Varroa Mites: A Beekeeper’s Scourge

Imagine you have a colony that’s chugging right along. The bees are healthy, you’re getting a good rate of return from foraging, life’s good. Until something starts to change. It’ll happen slowly, at least at first. Maybe a few bees look underweight or are having trouble flying. Pretty soon you […]