Beekeepers checking honeybees farms

Apiguard vs. Apivar

Varroa mite infestations are a serious issue that poses a real threat to bees. In fact, if left unchecked, it can lead to colony collapse or hive loss.  On top of that, the mites are so small that you can barely see them with the naked eye. That means the removal process can be a […]

Close-up of a mason bee on a red flower

Best Flowering Plants for Mason Bees

Mason Bees are one of the world’s most efficient pollinators. Their furry bodies allow them to transport a lot of pollen all at once.  Because of that, these critters are incredibly beneficial for the ecosystem. They can help plants grow and maintain biodiversity by cross-pollination.  As you can imagine, that means having these bees in

Beekeeper Harvest Honey in Apiary

Apistan vs. Apivar

We’ve all heard about how honey bees are an endangered species. This is mostly due to human activity.  Because of that, many beekeepers took it upon themselves to start apiaries.  Although, the little critters aren’t completely safe in captivity either. There are a few pests that can invade the colony and lead to sick bees. 

A beekeeper protecting a bee hive against the varroa mite disease

Apivar vs. Formic Pro: Comparisons, Pros, and Cons

Mite infestations pose a grave risk to your honey bee hive. These parasites can come from various ways. Imagine this, a colony already collapsing from being overrun by mites while bees from other hives rob the weaker hive’s honey. Somewhere along the way, a Varroa mite hitched a ride and found its way to greener

Close-up of a group of Russian bees flying in a garden

Are Russian Bees Aggressive?

Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. They’re also some of the most important for the world’s ecological diversity. As many beekeepers can attest to, some bee species are more aggressive than others.  This may get you wondering: are Russian bees aggressive? Russian bees are considered a moderately aggressive species. While

Bumble bee flying in front of a purple flower

Bumble Bee vs. Mason Bee

Whether you’re into beekeeping or you have a garden that bees frequent, it’s important to know the different types of bees. Two of the most popular types you’ll come across are bumble bees and mason bees. So, what’s the difference between them? Various distinctions set bumble bees apart from mason bees. For starters, bumble bees

Beekeeper checking the top feeder frame Honeycomb with Bees

Do You Have to Harvest Mason Bee Cocoons?

Mason bees are a solitary species that create their nests from mud-rich clay, lay their eggs there, and then a new population emerges from those cocoons.  So, do you have to harvest mason bee cocoons? The short answer is yes. We know the prospect of harvesting cocoons might seem scary to first-timers, but this step

Carniolan Honey Bees on Comb

Are Carniolan Bees Aggressive? Here’s What You Need to Know

Carniolan bees are one of the most popular types of bees in North America. They hold several positive characteristics, such as being excellent honey producers, withstanding cold climates, and controlling the spread of diseases. One of the few drawbacks of owning a Carniolan beehive is its aggression potential. Although the bee species is relatively gentle,

Italian Carniolan Hybrid Bee in a Pink Flower

All You Need to Know About Italian Carniolan Hybrid Bees

The hybrid bee breeding market is expanding due to the multiple benefits the practice poses on hive growth and honey production. Breeding an Italian Carniolan hybrid bee will give you the pros of both separate species, limiting undesirable traits. You can take advantage of a Carniolan bee’s organized brood production and the Italian honey bee’s