• Beehives

    10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions

    Beehive manufacturers generally use the same measurements when making hive bodies. There may be slight differences, but not very much. That means that you can usually use different brands of beehives together.  The tables below include a measurement for the interior length and width because the exterior measurements can sometimes vary depending on the material used.  10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions Type Depth Interior Length Interior Width Exterior Length Exterior Width 10 Frame Deep body 9 5⁄8 inches (240 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470 mm) 14 3⁄4 inches (370 mm) 19 ⅞ inches(504 mm) 16 inches(406 mm) 10 Frame Medium body/super 6 5⁄8 inches (170 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470…

  • Beekeeping

    What to Do After Catching a Swarm of Bees

    For beekeepers, a swarm can mean free bees. But they must know how to catch a swarm and know what to do after catching a swarm of bees.  What is a Swarm? A swarm is basically a large group of flying insects.  In beekeeping, swarms occur when a single bee colony splits into two.  This is the colony’s natural way of reproducing.  Swarming usually happens in spring, when the hive becomes overcrowded, but it can occur all season long.   One sign that the colony is preparing to swarm is the production of queen cups. The queen will then lay eggs in the queen cups to make a new queen for…

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    Never Paint a Hive Again – The Benefits of Wax Dipped Beehives

    In Australia and New Zealand, beekeepers have been using a special technique for preserving their hives.  It is eco-friendly, chemical free, and they say that their hives can last as long as 30 years before retreatment is necessary.  What is this technique?  It is called wax dipping.  This method involved dipping their beehives in molten hot wax to preserve the wood.  This results in wood that is durable and water resistant. This article will go over the benefits of wax dipped beehives, how they are made, and where you can find the best wax dipped beehives for sale.  What Are Waxed Dipped Beehives? Waxed dipped beehives are hives that have…

  • Beekeeping

    Varroa Mite Treatment

    When you find that your hive has been affected by varroa mites, it is important to treat your hive quickly and properly.  It is not uncommon for untreated hives to become infested with varroa mites and eventually lose the colony.   In order to treat varroa, most beekeepers will stick to a varroa mite treatment schedule.  That way, you can be sure that you get rid of all of the mites.  What are Varroa Mites? Also called varroa destructor, the varroa mite is a parasitic mite that feeds on honey bees. They are very small and reddish brown in color.   Varroa mites live and feed on adult honey bees, but they…

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    How Much Do Beehives Cost?

    Beekeeping, like any other hobby does require some start up costs.  It is good to have an idea of how much it costs to be a beekeeper before diving into it.  One of the most common questions is how much do beehives cost? It is difficult to give one straight answer to that because there are so many different types of beehives with vastly different price points.  But that also means that you will likely be able to find a beehive that fits your budget.   Inexpensive Beehives There are several inexpensive Langstroth beehives that are great for beginner beekeepers.  To save on costs, choose a hive that is unassembled and…

  • Beekeeping

    How to Move Beehives

    One of the more daunting tasks a beekeeper may face is moving their beehives.  After all, how do you move your bees entire home without upsetting them? Luckily, most beekeepers don’t have to move their hives much, if ever.  But in case you do have a reason to relocate your apiary, here’s a guide on how to move beehives.  Reasons to Move Beehives Professional beekeepers are accustomed to moving their entire beekeeping operation across the country.  Migratory beekeepers, for example transport their colonies across the country to pollinate different flowering crops.  They do this by keeping their many beehives fastened to pallets.  Each pallet typically holds 4 beehives. When they…

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    5 Impressive Backyard Beehive Setups

    Backyard beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years. In the past, most people believed that in order to be a beekeeper, you need to live out in the country side, or on a farm. But nowadays, even people in urban areas have been known to raise bees right in their backyard or rooftop. Not only is backyard beekeeping a fun and interesting hobby, it is beneficial to bees and the ecosystem. The bees get a safe place to live, while the beekeeper enjoys the bees’ pollination in their garden, and of course, honey. If you have been considering starting a backyard beehive, take a look at these gorgeous…

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    Beekeeping Supplies

    The Best Disposable Gloves for Beekeeping

    Any seasoned beekeeper will tell you that it is very important to have the proper protective clothing when working with bees.  And that includes a pair of gloves.  Since your hands will be directly in the beehive, you should wear gloves in order to prevent bee stings on your hands.  Types of Beekeeping Gloves There are a few different types of gloves for beekeepers to choose from. These gloves are made from different materials such as leather, goatskin, and nitrile. Leather and goatskin gloves are reusable, while nitrile gloves are disposable.   Leather Gloves Leather is the most commonly used material for beekeeping gloves. It is a thick, natural material that…

  • Bees

    Bee Nest Removal – Why You Should Use a Beekeeper Instead of an Exterminator

    If you notice a lot of bees on your property, the bees may have built a nest close by.  Sometimes, bees will build a nest a little too close for comfort.  In that case, you will have to look into bee nest removal.  What is a Bee Nest? A bee nest is the structure in which bees build to live in, usually in a natural or artificial cavity.  Bee nests are commonly built in hollowed out trees.  This is opposed to a bee hive, which is a man made structure in which to raise bees.   In warmer climates, bees will sometimes build a hanging, exposed nest.  But for the most…

  • DIY

    How to Make Beehive Frames from Scratch

    If there’s one thing beekeepers go through a lot, it’s frames.  Through normal wear and tear, beehive frames periodically need to be replaced.  A way to save on costs is to make your own.  Read on to learn how to make beehive frames from scratch.  What is a Beehive Frame? The frame is a very important part of a beehive.  It is the part that the bees build wax upon.  Beehive frames hold the bee’s brood and honey.   Before the invention of modern beehives, beekeepers used to have to destroy the whole hive just to harvest honey.  But with the invention of movable frame beehives, the frames can be taken…