Check your mite loads now!

Check your mite loads now!

It looks like the early spring and early build-up of colonies has lead to higher-than-average mite loads for the time of year in 2017. As I travel around the state and inspect colonies for WVDA, all the hives I have checked so far (using the alcohol wash method) have...
Mite-Wash Cups

Mite-Wash Cups

Folks have been asking about my mite-wash cups and how to make them. I’m glad of this because this is key to breeding queens, preparing for winter, pinpointing reasons for losses and a lot more. All this and a ton more is in the Basic Course (click here to find...
WV Plants for Bees Slide Presentation

WV Plants for Bees Slide Presentation

It is important for a beekeeper to know his plants. Honey bee colony health depends on the quality of what the bees obtain from foraging and everything that happens in a colony is directly related to what happens in the plant community. So a beekeeper’s...