Industry News & Updates - Bear Country Bees

Category Archives for "Industry News & Updates"

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.

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!

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.