Bee Management Fact Sheets
PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. Once you have an established bee colony, there are seasonal activities necessary to keep the hive healthy, as well as situations you need to be ready to address if they occur.
Early spring management is primarily concerned with sufficient
food stores and secondly with disease and mite control.
Fall management is primarily concerned with preparing honey
bee colonies for winter.
It is sometimes worthwhile for a beekeeper to divide honey bee colonies to increase numbers or to make up winter losses.
Swarming remains one of the greatest bee management problems in the production of honey or the providing of pollination services.
It is sometimes necessary to transfer bees from one piece of equipment to another, or to remove bee colonies from houses, trees, or other natural dwellings.
Few people want a bee colony nesting in their house or another structure on their property. In such cases, removal is the best solution.
Bait hives are an easy and inexpensive means of obtaining honey bees to start a new hive.
With honey being the principal sweetener until the nineteenth century, almost every small rural household kept bees.