PerfectBee Blog

Homemade bee feeder

Perspective on feeding bees

Many aspects of beekeeping have the potential to be controversial and feeding honeybees is certainly one of those topics. The aim of this article is to lend understanding to the ...
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Wasp attack

Identifying Poisoned Bees

Be ready.... If you keep bees, it’s likely that sooner or later something like this is going to happen to you. Upon visiting your bee yard you find a pile ...
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Bee stinging

The Buzz about Bee Stings

Love the Ouch If you’re like most people, the idea of being stung by a bee is painful at best. Sting sites swell and itch. Sometimes they also ache. Bee ...
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Honey

Honey for Health

More Than Just Good on Toast Of all of nature's treasures, honey is one of the more amazing. Beyond simply being a way to add a sweet treat at breakfast ...
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Closed feeding bees

Open Or Closed Feeding: Which Is Best?

When feeding your bees, did you know that you have options? Well, many people might have only seen bees being fed one way or the other. But really, you should ...
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Screened Bottom Board

Screen Bottom Boards Vs. Solid Bottom Boards: Which Is Better?

Did you know that there are two different types of bottom boards? Some people aren’t aware of that, but there are. Each brings a different set of benefits to the table ...
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Bees in the Late Summer

Are your bees cranky? Are they on edge and don’t appreciate you being around? You used to be friends right? Spending an afternoon with the girls was something to which ...
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Using Essential Oils To Help Your Hives

Did you know that using herbs for medicine was once considered witchcraft? It is true! During the 17th Century they literally handed out tips as to how to spot if ...
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Varroa mites

The Controversial Topic of Treatment-Free Beekeeping

Have You Actually Got a Mite Problem? The season has changed. We’ve moved out of the spring swarm season and are well into summer. The queen is beginning to reduce ...
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What is the “right” type of beehive?

An Informed Approach To Choosing the Right Beehive In this article we are going to discuss the various types of bee hives, a little of their history and how to ...
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Drone Bee

How drone bees benefit the colony

Our “Newbee Questions, Expert Answers” series, takes the questions of a curious, fascinated, worried, perplexed and sometimes downright confused “newbee” and provides expert responses. In this edition… Mark has spent ...
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Queen bee

5 Methods To Help You Raise Your Own Queens

Would you like to be able to raise your own queens? The idea of raising your own queen isn't one that comes to mind early for the new beekeeper. But ...
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Rauchboy Smoker

Equipment Choices For Beginner Beekeepers

Are you new to the beekeeping scene? PerfectBee was formed specifically to help potential new beekeepers take their first steps, as well as to support and inform those already enjoying ...
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The ZomBees are Coming!

ZomBees?!!! No, this isn’t a joke or the next big sci-fi flick coming to a box office near you, though I’m sure Hollywood could have a field day with it ...
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Spraying pesticides

Bees And Pesticides: What Is Safe?

As a general rule, PerfectBee recommends against the use of pesticides or any form of chemicals around your bees wherever possible. However, we also recognize that many of you are ...
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Honey Bees

Natural Beekeeping: The Problems with Following The Crowd

Keeping it Real Natural beekeeping has quickly drawn the attention of new beekeepers across the nation. It’s a rare bee class or meeting when the topic doesn’t come up. Out ...
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Queen Cells

Looking forward as the the colony grows

Our “Newbee Questions, Expert Answers” series, takes the questions of a curious, fascinated, worried, perplexed and sometimes downright confused “newbee” and provides expert responses. In this edition… Mark's hive is ...
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Multiple beehives

Natural Beekeeping: An Introduction

A common - and occasionally divisive - topic Natural Beekeeping is a stirring and fascinating topics among beekeepers. Though its exact definition is open to some interpretation (I take my own ...
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Bee swarm on a tree

What To Know About Performing A Split

Have you ever performed a swarm split? If not, it can actually be rather intimidating at first thought. I remember the first time my husband performed a split he was ...
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Beehives in winter

Do I Need a Second Beehive?

Our “Newbee Questions, Expert Answers” series, takes the questions of a curious, fascinated, worried, perplexed and sometimes downright confused “newbee” and provides expert responses. In this edition… With his first ...
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