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About marriedwithbees

I am half of a husband and wife beekeeping team. In 2016, I left the corporate world to focus on things that matter: helping people, raising bees, tending the garden and playing with dogs.

Bee Chemotherapy – Part II

Have you noticed that whenever things don’t work out the way people want people frequently say, “Well, at least I learned a lot.”  “I learned a lot,” is a nice code phrase that lets people know that things didn’t go well at all but you are either choosing to be optimistic or you don’t want to share your problems with the world.  In Part I, I discussed how Doug and I were treating our bees with formic acid to lower the varroa mite levels.  In case you were wondering how things went with the treatment, all I can say is:  “Well, at least we learned a lot.” Continue reading

Bee Chemotherapy – Part I

All our bees are currently undergoing the beekeeping equivalent of chemotherapy.  In a previous post, I wrote about how our bees are infected with varroa mites.  (If you missed the post, you can reach it by clicking here.)  This week we treated  our eight hives with formic acid.  If you think beekeeping is all about singing sweetly to your bees while you happily collect honey, you would be wrong.  Sometimes beekeeping means you put on chemically resistant gloves and place acid inside your hives in the name of integrated pest management. Continue reading

Our Bees Are Infected with Varroa Mites!

 

You can’t believe how many different ways there are for a honey bee to die.  Beekeeping is a life affirming activity that is often filled with death.  Skunks and wild turkeys view bees as flying pieces of candy and will happily eat your bees as they fly from the hives.  Mice and snakes try to make homes inside your hives, and the bees don’t care for this.  Infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi abound.  One particularly nasty bacterial infection called American Foulbrood is so deadly that a beekeeper must immediately destroy the diseased hive and burn the all their equipment so the infection doesn’t spread.  As nasty as American Foulbrood is, it doesn’t top the list of threats to honey bees.  Ask any beekeeper what enemy #1 is, and they will all say varroa mitesContinue reading

USDA Discontinues Honey Bee Tracking

Honey bees have the perfect self-governing system.  All the bees gladly subjugate themselves to an omnipotent queen.  When a queen falters, the members of the colony rally together to produce a new queen.  Every action a honey bee takes from the moment of birth until the moment of death is done for the good of the colony.  Honey bees are sophisticated, selfless creatures.  Humans occupy a higher rung on the taxonomy chart, but in my opinion, it is the honey bee that is more virtuous.  For this reason, I become annoyed when honey bees are used for political purposes and that is what happened this month. Continue reading

A Year of Bee Blogging

This week is the one year anniversary of  the Married With Bees blog.  In one year, 35 posts totaling over 35,000 words have been written.  What is more astounding is that some people actually read some of those posts.  The site had 4,000 page views and 1,700 visitors from all over the globe.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read any of my posts.  The fact that anyone besides my parents reads this blog is a miracle to me.  I think my parents are required by law to read what I write.  The hospital made them sign a paper when I was born. Continue reading