By Kim Kaplan
March 13, 2018
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees’ number one problem.
Cook, with the Bee Research Laboratory, a part of ARS’s Beltsville (Maryland) … Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping normally involves the gear that is needed and buying bees. Yet, some people who are starting this hobby usually make several mistakes. It’s alright to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers prevent making precisely the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can prove to be a disaster. It can lead to a lack of money and your bees. Since most bees die during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Fall is another poor time since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller quantity of honey picked to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are loads of blooming flowers.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This really is a common error made by many start beekeepers. It is clear that one would want to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can supply information that is outdated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are more rapid and better ways to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and collecting the honeycombs, he/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It truly is best to consult a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain item appears too expensive, constantly think about the end cost (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the person to decide the best course of action.