Bee Health

Honey Bees Supplemented with Bee ‘Tea’


Viewcrest Farms is a family-owned farm located in Mission, BC. In 2022, they began a Bee BC project that focused on monitoring for Varrora Mites and Nosema Spores and supplementing honey bees with sugar syrup infused with a herbal tea. Olena Zagoskina, co-owner of Viewcrest Farms, tested for Varrora Mites using the typical sugar [...]

Enhancing Bee Forage Resources


The Native Bee Society of BC (NBSBC) completed a 2022/23 Bee BC project that focused on training master melittologists in identifying and recording bee forage information. This included researching bee forage and creating reference collections. The goal is to share those reference collections at community outreach events to encourage people to plant bee forage [...]

Varroa Mites and Honey Bees


Canadian beekeepers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario have recently reported major colony losses, with varroa mites and other factors blamed. In BC, varroa mites are also a problem. Varroa mites are a virus-carrying parasitic arachnids that feed on honey bees, attack bee colonies, and can cause mass devastation. The heat dome that occurred this [...]

Tackling Bee Health in Creston


In 2019, Honey Bee Zen Apiary in Creston BC tackled two Bee BC projects, Iotron Sterilization Transport and Mycological Extracts as A Treatment for Viruses in Honey Bees. Here's a summary of those projects: Iotron Sterilization Transport Summary The project involved organizing and collection beekeeping equipment in need of irradiation from beekeepers throughout [...]

Enhancing Bee Forage in the Boundary Area of BC


Content by: Liz Huxter and Cooperators: Deane Farms, Kettle River Farms and Morbella Farms Introduction The Boundary area of BC presently has little honey bee forage in late summer. The area is typically hot and arid in late July and August. In the past we have experienced the benefits [...]

Electronic Hive Monitoring in the Peace Region


BC Peace River region beekeepers, Dawson Creek to Fort St John Introduction Anywhere in the world, the foundation of bee health and beekeeping success is knowledge of the target blooming dates and production, for a bee colony’s nutrition and foraging opportunities. Without this target, the most well intentioned and resourced start-up will often [...]

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