Monthly hive maintenance is essential for the well "beeing" of the bess

With the rising awareness of the honeybee crisis and popularity (trend) of backyard beekeepers there’s another looming threat that could potentially add problems to the already unstable bee situation – newbie “beekeepers!”

In a recent UK article it was noted that

In a hard-hitting report last year, the National Audit Office suggested that amateur beekeepers who failed to spot diseases in bees were a threat to honeybees’ survival

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Healthy bees = happy bees and beekeeper

Unlike poultry or livestock were you can contain sick or diseased animals, your hives can be affected without your knowing.   With millions of bees it could be, with untrained eye, too late to save your hive.   What’s even more scary is that you may be a good beekeeper, keeping vigilant watch over your hive but there could be in your neighborhood a newbie who’s not trained to spot problems and who took on more than they anticipated and are letting their hives “go.”   That person’s infected bees could affect your hive and others.

Do your homework first, learn how not only to maintain a diseased free hive (naturally and without chemicals) but inform other urban beekeepers of the potential risk.

So it’s up to new potential beekeepers not just to “have” bees but to “keep” bees from becoming more of a problem than the solution.


  1. Linda says:

    I may be one of those newbies, but hopefully a better prepared one 🙂

    I’m just starting my research into bee keeping and am trying to find a local that I can shadow and learn from. I’m hoping to get a hive going next year (or the next, depending – this is a long-term goal), but am patient to wait until I have enough knowledge that I feel like I can do a good job of it. I have books to read and a long summer/fall to research it, and see if it’s right for me.

    I love seeing all your bee posts though, so keep them up!

  2. Casey says:

    so, here’s a question. I’m not a beekeeper, but I have bees. Two wild hives. One is on my neighbors property about 40 feet up a pine tree in a bat house he hung years ago. You could see the combs hanging down during the winter. This is southwest florida, so winter is a relative term. Anyway, right now those combs are covered in bees. There is a second hive on my property, about five feet from my coop and about 30 from my back door. Its in the trunk of a dead palm tree and its full of bees. I’ve taken pictures of both and they look happy and healthy, but I wouldnt know any different. I’m glad they are here and I’ve been planting lots of things to keep them here and happy. Lots of pollen and nectar plants and I havent removed any flowering weeds that I’ve seen a bee on. What advice would you have for me? My thought is to just let nature alone. I do have concerns, however, since the palm is pretty old and is leaning up against another palm. Its will be ok for awhile, but a big summer storm or hurricane will certainly do it in. I had thoughts of getting a hive box and putting it farther into the woods behind me and see if they found it to their liking. Any ideas?

  3. Joe Owens says:

    There are too many people on the planet. We have tried to conquer Mother Nature, with science and impossible equality. We are now about to pay a terrible price.

  4. Kaigypsy says:

    Ah, Bees. WHERE ARE THEY?? I have many plants that could use their help but they seem to have disappeared once the lemon and grapefruit trees were done producing flowers. 🙁

    Anyway, I would love to have a hive on site however I work about 100 miles from home so neither bees or goats are an option at the moment. Trying to transfer to someplace closer is a crap shoot as a stateworker. :p

    I draw inspiration from you guys especially more so now that my little spot in the desert is looking more farmish each season. Having both goats and then bees would really help in cutting back on the two things I spend the most money on: soy milk, butter, yogurt, soy ice cream and sweeteners.
    Thanks for the articles, hard work and thoughtful posts that keep me thinking.

    Desert Plum Homestead

  5. dave harrell says:

    I am a second year beekeeper in Tennessee. As a newbie, something that was tremendously helpful was our local beekeepers association. They meet once a month in the county library. They helped me and my wife get our hives established, registered, and get a free inspection for diseases. We had a mentorship program that paired us with an experienced beekeeper, and we got access to grant money to help pay for the equipment. They didnt do the work for us by any means, but the association put us into a network of support and exerience. I highly recommend searching for a similar group in your area- whether you are a newbie, a veteren, or thinking about becoming a beekeeper.

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