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Is Beekeeping As A Hobby Time Intensive?

A shot of a man from above tending to his beehive with a smoker placed to the side.

If you are contemplating beekeeping as a hobby, one of the questions you may have is the time commitment required. Bees are not as high maintenance as some other livestock,…

How Do I Start Beekeeping As A Beginner?

beekeepers inspect bees on a wax frame in a beekeeping.

If beekeeping has captured your attention and you would like to start keeping bees, it would be good to have a plan to help you get started the right way….

Can I Start Beekeeping In The Summer?

Master bee keeper pulls out a frame with honey from the beehive in the colony.

Beekeeping is an interesting and rewarding activity, but the time of year you start beekeeping is crucial for your success. Is the productive summer season a good time of year…

How To Get Rid Of Bees In A Vent? [TOP TIPS]

Steel window frame and the vent shade side on wall of an old house. Selective focus.

Bees have the habit of moving into very inconvenient spaces and making them their home. This becomes a problem when the inconvenient space they choose is part of our homes,…

Beekeeping Laws In Virginia Beach

a long road with the word virginia on it.

Virginia Beach may be seen as a holiday destination for many, but it also has excellent opportunities for beekeepers! Beekeeping laws in Virginia Beach must comply with Virginia state laws…

Beekeeping Laws In Tennessee

Welcome to Tennessee - road sign on the highway.

Tennessee actively encourages its interested residents to become beekeepers because the authorities understand the importance of these pollinators to agriculture in the state. While participation is encouraged, beekeeping must be…

Beekeeping Laws In Texas

The Texas state flag waving along with the national flag of the United States of America. Texas s a state in the South Central region of the United States.

Texas is renowned for being big and bold in everything, but how does the state’s relaxed attitude in many legal sectors affect beekeepers in Texas? What are the laws regarding…

Beekeeping Laws In Kentucky

The US state flag of Kentucky waving in the wind. Kentucky is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States. Democracy and independence.

Kentucky is known for its bluegrass and its bourbon, but beekeeping is another popular activity in this state. The beekeeping laws in Kentucky at a state level are not complicated,…

Beekeeping Laws In Michigan

Red clerical needle on a map of USA, Michigan and the capital Lansing. Close up map of Michigan with red tack.

Michigan has excellent beekeeping opportunities, and the state laws for beekeepers are not restrictive. This relaxed perspective on beekeeping does not mean there are no laws for beekeepers in Michigan…

Beekeeping Laws In Arizona

Red clerical needle on a map of the USA, Arizona and the capital Phoenix. Close up map of Arizona with red tack, US map pin.

Arizona is home to a vast number of diverse bee species, both solitary and social bees. The farming of bees must be carefully monitored and controlled to protect the environment….

Beekeeping Laws In Alabama

The flags of the Alabama state and United States of America waving in the wind. Alabama is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States. Democracy and independence. American state.

Beekeeping is subject to umbrella state laws and specific municipal laws in your region. Alabama has state laws governing the beekeeping industry, but municipalities can impose stricter measures for keeping…

Best Beekeeping Courses in 2023

Beekeepers working on the field working on the big field.

Beekeeping requires in-depth knowledge of bee anatomy, behavior, social structure, nesting requirements, pests, and diseases. This is besides the knowledge required on the beekeeping equipment, how to use it, the…

Beekeeping Laws In Mississippi [EXPLAINED]

The Mississippi state flag waving along with the national flag of the United States of America. Mississippi is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States. Democracy and independence.

Besides being known for its southern charm, the Mississippi River, bluegrass music, and catfish, the state of Mississippi has a subtropical climate with humid, hot summers and relatively short, mildly…

Can You Make A Career Out Of Beekeeping?

a happy beekeeper in his apiary holding his thumb up.

Many beekeepers enjoy beekeeping as a hobby or simply produce enough honey for their personal use. Can you make a career out of beekeeping and work full-time as a beekeeper,…

Beekeeping Laws In Virginia

the flag of the US state of Virginia waving in the wind

Beekeepers must make themselves aware of the rules, laws, and regulations that govern the industry in the state where they reside. Virginia has relatively strict beekeeping rules compared to other…

Key Beekeeping Laws In Idaho

The Idaho state flag waving along with the national flag of the United States of America. In the background there is a clear sky. Idaho is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Whether you are a hobby beekeeper or keep bees commercially to generate income for your family, there are laws that govern the industry. Ensuring you keep your bees in accordance…

7 Things That Every Beekeeper Needs in 2023

a box of beekeeping gear.

Beekeeping is a fairly gear-intensive hobby or occupation, requiring certain essential items for the bees and for your safety. Every beekeeper needs a few basic items to start beekeeping, and…

Best Ventilated Pants For Beekeeping in 2023

a beekeeper using a bee smoker while working on a farm..

Choosing the right clothing when working with your bees is an aspect of beekeeping that many beginners neglect to give enough attention to. Protecting yourself from the bees is one…

Do Bees Fart? [BEE INFO 101]

Do bees fart?

As a beekeeper, there are many things you might wonder. After eating a big lunch, you may just ‘let one rip’ as you wander back to continue tending to your…

Can I Pack Honey in My Checked Luggage?

Can I Pack Honey in My Checked Luggage?

We all have daily routines, and traveling can interrupt these habits and leave us without our creature comforts. When traveling, is there something you can’t live without? Is honey a…

Best Beekeeping Gloves in 2023

best gloves for beekeepers

When it comes to beekeeping, you need to protect yourself from bee stings. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing beekeeping gloves. But what makes beekeeping…

Best Blowtorch for Beekeepers in 2023

Best blowtorch for beekeepers.

If you have been a beekeeper for any length of time, you will start to realise that alongside a smoker and a hive tool, your blowtorch is an essential piece…

Beeswax vs Paraffin wax [THE LOWDOWN]

beeswax vs paraffin wax

What is beeswax and paraffin wax? What are their advantages and disadvantages?Beeswax and paraffin wax are both types of wax. Beeswax is made by honeybees, while paraffin wax is a…

Are Beeswax Candles Safe for Birds?

are beeswax candles safe for birds?

If you are a bird owner and have beeswax candles around your house, have you ever wondered about the safety of these candles on your bird’s health? I am sure…

Is Beeswax Digestible? [BEESWAX 101]

Is beeswax digestible?

Beeswax is used in a lot of different everyday items, from lip balm, to wood polish to candles! But one question still remains…. is beeswax digestible? Well, it is in…

How to Make Beeswax Pellets [HOME METHOD]

how to make beeswax pellets at home.

Beeswax pellets are great, right? They are small pellet shape globs of beeswax that can be used in a wide range of beeswax recipes (such as candles), whilst also being…

Is Beeswax an Emulsifier? [THE TRUTH]

Is beeswax an emuslifier?

Beeswax is a unique substance that has many uses in our day-to-day lives. Whether you want to free up a stuck zipper or make a lip balm, beeswax is what…

7 Best Gifts for Beekeepers in 2023

Best gifts for any beekeeper.

Whether it be for a birthday, Christmas or random gift giving (because you really are THAT kind!), if you are in need of inspiration for gift ideas for a beekeeper,…

Read this Before Buying a NUC of Bees!

How to buy bee NUCs.

A lot of beekeepers like buying NUCs of bees to start a new colony or supplement existing colonies, because when you get a good NUC it will often work better…

Best Beekeeping Suits of 2023

Best beekeeping suits.

Ask many beekeepers and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that the beekeeping suit one of the most important tools that they rely on every day out in…

The Different Grades of Honey Explained

The Different Grades of Honey Explained

Do you get a little overwhelmed by the extensive selection of honey available in the store? Do you go for the dark or the light, the raw or the organic? You…

Are Flow Hives Worth It? Let’s Find Out

Is a flow hive worth it?

A fairly new concept of beekeeping is the flow hive. First released in 2015 as a new and effective way of ethical beekeeping practices, reactions and reviews to the flow…

15 Neat Things You Can Do With Old Beeswax

Cool things you can do with old beeswax.

As far as we know, beeswax has been used since the Neolithic era, 5500BC – 1900BC. It has literally been used and recycled for centuries. There’s evidence of beeswax being used…

Can Bees See at Night? [BEE FACTS]

do bees fly at night?

On a spring day, it’s not uncommon to see swarms of bees flying between flowers, getting the pollen that they need. But as the sun goes down, this sight isn’t…

Are Bees Born Fully Grown? [BEE FACTS]

The lifecycle of a bee is very interesting. Many people believe that bees are born fully grown. But is this true? The idea that a bee is born fully grown…

How Much Does a Bee Weigh? [BEE FACTS]

how much does a bee weigh

Bees will only take up a tiny amount of space. Each of them is under 20 mm. Their size and weight make them perfectly suited to fly in rough weather…

How do bees See? Can they see Color?

can bees see in color

Bees are attracted to beautiful flowers so they can feed on the flower’s nectar and take the pollen back to their baby bees (larva). Bees are attracted to flowers that…

Can Bees Smell Fear? [BEE FACTS]

Bees do have a keen sense of smell and they communicate with one another through the use of pheromones. They can also detect intruders and threats accurately through their keen…

How To Make Organic Beeswax?[FULL GUIDE]

How To Make Organic Beeswax?

The abundance of different benefits that organic products can provide us is astonishing, and the same goes for beeswax. Consuming or using entirely organic products helps reduce public health risks…

Keeping Bees with Chickens: What You Need to Know

Keeping Bees with Chickens: What You Need to Know

For those wanting to improve their sustainable living, I’m sure you’ve thought about keeping both bees and chickens. Both of these magnificent creatures play a crucial role in our lives,…

Freezing Honey: Everything You Need to Know

Freezing Honey: Everything You Need to Know

Honey has been used since Egyptian times, and it’s well-known for its sweet flavor and versatility. It’s a tremendous consumable, yet it’s still the main ingredient for various skin creams,…

How Honey Can Help You Relax [TOP TIPS]

How Honey Can Help You Relax

It’s not a myth that honey can provide us with some immense benefits, but can it help you relax? Many studies have been conducted about the effects this natural resource…

A Guide to Moving Bees Without Killing Them

A Guide to Moving Bees Without Killing Them

Bees are lovely little creatures, but sometimes they can be pests if they decide to build a colony in an unwanted area. Although we should encourage them to grow here,…

Is It Safe to Eat Honey That Has Wax Moths?

Is It Safe to Eat Honey That Has Wax Moths?

Finally, it’s that time of year again, and your honeybees have successfully filled out your frames. It’s superb and fascinating, to say the least. However, if you’ve over-viewed your frames…

Is Honey Good for Birds? (Wild & Pet)

Is honey good for birds?

Honey is a natural sweetener that many of us enjoy consuming daily. It’s excellent with cheese, in your cereal, and even your tea. Needless to say, it’s something that we’ve…

A Quick Guide to Reviving an Exhausted Bee

A Quick Guide to Reviving an Exhausted Bee

Bumblebees are now considered endangered because of the loss of habitat, pesticides, climate change, and various diseases. Due to this, bees have to work overtime to thrive in their hives,…

Can You Overfeed Bees? (Let’s Find Out)

Can you overfeed bees?

If you’re a beekeeper, the likelihood of feeding your bees artificial food is pretty high. This is because it helps speed up production and reproduction. Of course, increasing each of…

This Is How Long Honey Lasts in A Comb

This Is How Long Honey Lasts in A Comb

Beekeeping is undoubtedly the most underrated hobby and lifestyle in today’s age. It comes with some immense benefits ranging from producing your own honey to saving one of the most…

Can You Use Beeswax on Leather?

Can You Use Beeswax on Leather?

Choosing the right product to maintain your leather garments is essential. Leather is quite a unique material in terms of how you should properly care for it. Therefore, many leather…

5 Ways to Tell That Your Honey Is Fermented

How to Tell That Your Honey Is Fermented

Honey is one of nature’s most excellent preservers, as long as it’s properly stored and, if sealed, it can last thousands of years. Archaeologists have found sealed jars of honey…

Beekeeping Suit or Jacket: Which is Better?

Beekeeping Suit or Jacket: Which is Better?

So, you’ve got into beekeeping, and you’ve got your hands on a smoker, hive tool, or whatever other tools you want to try out and you’re eagerly approaching your first…

How To Reuse Beehive Frames

How To Reuse Beehive Frames

If you are a beginner beekeeper or if you are aspiring to enter the world of beekeeping, you should know that it is important for you to learn how to…

8 Reasons Why Honey Bees Can Be Aggressive

8 Reasons Why Honey Bees Can Be Aggressive

Do you know that honey bees, calm as they appear, can be aggressive? Beekeepers know this too well. Honey bees are kept for honey, and other by-products such as wax….

A Guide to Cleaning Your Beekeeping Equipment

A Guide to Cleaning Your Beekeeping Equipment

Bee colonies are susceptible to infection and infestation through attacks by pests and diseases. These include mites, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A critical factor in preventing the spread and impact…

A Guide To Storing Beekeeping Equipment

A Guide To Storing Beekeeping Equipment

Beekeeping is a fulfilling job that requires a lot of patience and skill. Due to the natural behavior of the bees, it’s a lot different to do the job during…

Cats and Beeswax: What You Need To Know

Cats and Beeswax: What You Need To Know

If you have cats as pets in your home or apartment, there’s a good chance you have some unpleasant smells you want to mask. Beeswax products are some of the…

A Step By Step Guide To How Honey Is Made

A Step By Step Guide To How Honey Is Made

Honey is a sweet substance that starts as nectar in a flower. The process of how bees collect and produce honey in their beehives is extraordinary and vital for our…

Is Harvesting Honey Harmful To Bees?

Is Harvesting Honey Harmful To Bees

A lot of beekeepers enter the field of beekeeping primarily because they want to harvest honey, which can be sold at a good price or can be kept or stored…

Dogs And Beeswax: What You Need To Know

Dogs And Beeswax: What You Need To Know

Plenty of different pet owners are now also using products that are all-natural and organic for their dogs. One such substance that these products are made of is beeswax, which…

8 Reasons to Start Beekeeping

8 reasons to start beekeeping.

Beekeeping is a rising hobby among a lot of different regular households around the country as there are now more and more people who are becoming beekeepers even though they…

What Honey Bees Look Like (With Pictures)

What Honey Bees Look Like.

Honey bees are wonderful and useful creatures. They are the most common species of bees and pollinating insects. Honey bees are very important because most of the food we consume…

Honey Supers: All You Need To Know

Honey Supers: All You Need To Know

So, you want to be a beekeeper? Well, at one point or the other you’d come across the term honey super. Honey supers help hobbyists increase their honey yield, and…

A Guide To Keeping Bees In The Winter

A Guide To Keeping Bees In The Winter

There’s no season that’s tougher for beekeepers than winter. Beekeeping during the winter season is even more challenging if you’re just starting out. Nonetheless, you still have the power to…

How To Become A Beekeeper: A Guide

How To Become A Beekeeper: A Guide

You have probably heard about how fast beekeeping has been rising as a hobby or even as a side-job for a lot of different people all over the country. Of…

How Urban Beekeepers Help Keep Bees Thriving

How Urban Beekeepers Help Keep Bees Thriving

There is no doubt that beekeeping has become very popular and important in different rural communities where beekeepers tend to have a wider area and more resources to work with….

This Is What It Means When Honey Is Cloudy

This Is What It Means When Honey Is Cloudy

Honey generally comes in two different forms; one is clear liquid honey, and the second is a firm creamed honey which is cloudy. Both can be bought in-store or from…

Light vs Dark Honey: The Differences

Light vs dark honey. What's the difference?

Honey is an increasingly popular commodity nowadays because people are now becoming more health conscious. However, when you go to your local grocery store or farmer’s market, you may have…

How To Clean Beeswax Out Of A Strainer?

How to clean beeswax from a strainer.

Being a beekeeper isn’t just all about honey because there are plenty of other products that can help you make money. Beeswax is one of them as selling beeswax products…

What Is The Official Name For Honey Bee Farming?

This is what bee/ honey farming is called.

Beekeeping is an increasingly popular endeavor, hobby, or even profession today because of how fulfilling it is to take care of the world’s most amazing insects (in my opinion anyway!)….

What Time Do Bees Get Up For Work?

What time do bees get up for work?

What time do you get up for work? Most relatively active humans are up and about by 9am and raring to go! And, of course, most humans probably want to…

How Beeswax Is Made [Amazing Nature!]

How bees make beeswax?

Besides being well known as the busiest creatures that ever existed, bees are also famous for producing the sweetest thing in human history. Well, that’s not the only thing they…

Is Beekeeping A Lot Of Work [THE TRUTH]

How hard work is it being a beekeeper?

One of the fastest-growing hobbies or even actual jobs in the world is beekeeping, as more and more people are beginning to understand how important bees are to the world…

Can Honey Make You Fat? [WE FIND OUT]

Can honey make you fat?

Honey has been used as food, and even medicine, since ancient times. This food substance offers numerous health benefits and works best as a sugar substitute. However, some people are…

Honey Varietals: The Spice in Your Honey Life!!

Honey varietals.

As a sweetener and cooking ingredient, honey from various sources varies in taste. Its flavor profile is largely determined by the nectar collected by honeybees and can be influenced by…

This Is When Honey Bees Come Out

Honey bees are no doubt some of the most important insects in the entire ecosystem, and it’s not only because they produce honey. Nevertheless, we do love them for their…

Beeswax: Does It Clog Pores? We Find Out!

Does beeswax clog your skin?

Nowadays, people are more concerned about what they put on their bodies as they would rather go for natural and organic products instead of using chemical-based products. This is true…

This Is Why Bees Like Wax [+What They Do With It]

This is why bees like wax.

Bees are undoubtedly indispensable concerning the harmony and balance within nature. They’re infamous for producing honey, as well as pollinating flowers and plant life for continued growth. Still, a commonly…