How to Make Propolis Toothpaste

It is well documented that propolis is an effective treatment for diseases of the mouth, most notably gum disease. From the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Medieval Apothecaries to current state of the art Dentistry, propolis has only gained in it’s prominence. Propolis is a mixture of resin, essential oils…

What to do about Wax Moths

Wax Moths Before becoming a beekeeper you probably never ever heard about wax moths. Well, if you have been keeping bees longer than 14 minutes then you know about Wax Moths, and that they are not our friends. There are two species of wax moths actually The Greater Wax Moth,¬†Galleria…

What to do with Propolis

Propolis is a mixture of resin, essential oils and waxes It also contains amino acids, minerals, ethanol, vitamin A, B complex, E, and flavonoids. Bees use it to seal cracks in their hive, coat foreign objects as a sealant against bacteria and to coat the cells of their comb. Its…

How to Make Pollen Patties

It’s late summer in Phoenix and my bees are hungry. Why pollen patties? Well, I’ve set out pollen substitute and they are rolling around in it like pigs in mud. It’s quite endearing really. I’ve also been feeding them sugar syrup off and on and I’ve noticed that some of…

Frame Feeder Hack

        Beekeeping is a learn-as-you-go experience. Some do a lot of reading and research up front and do a little better than others who jump right in (that’s me by the way.) Either way, you don’t know what you are doing until you do it, month by…

Trap-outs using a Bee Escape

I love learning new ways to remove bees from structures in order to rescue them from extermination. I’ve removed bees from trees with a forced abscond as well as with a cone mesh trap-out. Both of these were very successful, but haven’t been so lucky with block walls because cones…