February 2, 2021

Over the past couple of years, we’ve been updating all of the major portions of our website to give you access to better functionality and more robust information.

In today’s update, we’re continuing on the redesign warpath to one of the most visited pages on our entire website: our About page.

But why this page? This post unveils those details as well as exposing some of our rather rocky journey as backyard beekeepers.

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December 19, 2020

Let’s face it.

Beekeeping is hard.

It’s difficult trying to keep your bees alive, healthy, and producing at the rate you want. The uncertainties brought about with each season don’t really help things either.

Top that off with exotic diseases, weather challenges, increasing costs, rising thefts & vandalism, etc. and you’ve created the perfect storm of unpredictability. It’s enough to get anyone’s spirits down.

If that wasn’t hard enough, you might be shooting yourself in the foot without even realizing it.

So let me ask you two things: 

  1. 1
    Are you doing the #1 thing that will get your season off to a bad start?
  2. 2
    Did you know that you can fix this season killer in 10 minutes or less?
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November 11, 2020

Despite it being the slow season for beekeeping, a lot has been happening here at Bear Country Bees over the past several months.

Hot on the heels of our most recent update, we’ve got another exciting change to our website: a brand new contact page complete with incredible new features.

But that’s not all. We’re also exposing part of our support roadmap with specific plans we have to improve your experience with support requests.

Keep reading to discover what you can expect.
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October 14, 2020

We’ve got some exciting updates we’re making to our website to give you a cleaner, updated, and more user-friendly experience across our most popular programs.

I can’t wait to tell you more about the changes so let’s dive right in.

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July 14, 2020

One of the most common tools that beekeepers use is a smoker (often called a bee smoker).

If you haven't seen a smoker before, this is what common models look like:

Honey Bee Smoker Components

The idea behind the smoker is that using it should help calm the honey bees down allowing the beekeeper to more easily perform inspections, capture swarms, etc. and (hopefully) not get stung as often.

A quick online search will give you online articles, social media posts, and videos by the dozens that make statements to support this idea.

In fact, bee smokers are viewed as such an essential piece of equipment that they are included by default with most Starter Kits.

But are bee smokers actually that effective? Does using a smoker actually help calm bees? Or is it yet another beekeeping myth that has been passed around?

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