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How Do Wildfires Affect Your Bees?
Aug 16

How Do Wildfires Affect The Well-Being Of Your Honey Bees?

Industry News & Updates

As of this writing, massive ​wildfires are raging across most of the western United States including Utah where we’re located.

Hundreds of thousands of acres have already been scorched and according to fire officials, it’s likely going to get worse before it gets better.

While we’re far from being in the top 10 worst wildfires in US history, we know that many beekeepers (even those far from the fires) are concerned about the well-being of their bees given the amount of pollution and contaminants in the air.

Should you be concerned about the health of your bees with regards to the wildfires? Let’s take a look.

Improving Poor Customer Service In The Beekeeping Industry
Jun 27

Why Beekeeping Companies Have Poor Customer Service & What They Should Do About It

Why We're The Best

​Have you ever been to a beekeeping supply shop and ​received ​a poor customer service experience​? 

If so, you're​ certainly not the only customer that has ​had this problem.

​It seems like ​there are very few beekeeping companies ​that can both:

  1. ​understand the meaning of good service ​
  2. turn that understanding into reality for their customers

​In this blog post, you'll discover what those few select beekeeping supply companies do to make their customer experience an absolute delight.

How To Render Your Own Beeswax - Education Center Course
May 11

New Education Center Course: Render Your Own Beeswax at Home For Less Than $15

Why We're The Best

​​Due to popular request, we're excited to announce the release of our latest Education Center course: ​Render Your Own Beeswax at Home For Less Than $15.

​If you're a beekeeper that harvests your own honey and beeswax or ​consider yourself an artsy/DIY type that loves makes products out of beeswax, this is a great (free) course for you to take.

​The rest of this post explains why.

Historical Bee Package Costs
Mar 25

Why A Bee Package Costs So Much

Industry News & Updates

If you’re just getting started in beekeeping, you might not think anything of the price of your beekeeping supplies. On the other hand, you might find it hard to swallow many of the associated costs. 

One of the biggest costs beekeepers incur each year is bee packages to replenish hives lost during the previous season or to get new hives started. 

The approximate going rates (2018) for a 3 lb. package of Italian or Carniolan honey bees is a staggering $125-$140 per package

​Update (10/29/18)

​Estimated prices for some retailers for the 2019 season will be as high as $200 for a 3 lb. bee package. ​

Assuming those prices stand, this ​represents up to 60% higher bee package costs than in 2018 making this the single largest price jump for bee packages in beekeeping history.

But bee package costs haven’t always been this high which begs two questions:

  • What did they used to cost?
  • Why are they so expensive now?

Read on to find out!

Honey Bee Specie Comparison: Italian v.s. Carniolan Honey Bees
Jan 22

Honey Bee Specie Comparison: Italian vs Carniolan Honey Bees

Product Reviews

“Which honey bee specie should I get?”

This is one of the things we get asked the most from new beekeepers. Unfortunately, there is no one clear answer to this question.

For most beekeepers, this comes down to a choice between Italian and Carniolan honey bees.

Both honey bee species have pros and cons that may sway your decision. The best thing you can do is learn the differences between these two species and make your decision from there.

In this blog post, you’ll learn these differences as well as our recommendation for our favorite specie.

Beekeeping Timeline - Featured
Dec 28

The Beekeeping Timeline: Important Dates You Need to Be Aware Of

Master Beekeeping Basics

Whether you’re an aspiring beekeeper or you are one already, there are several critical times of the year you need to be aware of.

Like any other agricultural endeavor, beekeeping requires a lot of advance planning. You can’t just wake up one day and set up a beehive like you would your new grill.

It can take months of preparation to be ready in time.

In order to be successful as a beekeeper, you need to keep a running plan (preferably several months in advance) of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Having this plan in place will ensure you don’t miss any important events.

In this blog post, you’ll discover what those important events are and what you need to do to successfully prepare for them ahead of time.

In short, you'll discover the Beekeeping Timeline.

Nov 04

What Does It Take To Get Started In Beekeeping?

Master Beekeeping Basics

You might have noticed that beekeeping has become a very popular activity in recent years and for good reason — it’s a whole lot of fun! People are joining the beekeeping club every day and that trend will only continue.

In this blog post, you’ll receive an overview of what you need to get started in beekeeping. If you’re thinking about getting into beekeeping, this information will be helpful to keep in mind as you get started.

Africanized Honey Bee
Jun 01

Are Africanized Honey Bees More Deadly Than Other Bees?

Industry News & Updates

Africanized Honey Bees (AHB) have earned a bad reputation as aggressive honey bees in recent years. Popular media portrays Africanized bees as swarms that will form together in groups and seek out targets to sting to death. Myths also exist that Africanized honey bee venom is more potent and therefore more deadly than other bees. While such stories make for great news, it is unfortunate that more often people are beginning to believe such stories.