The mantra of pest control in any livestock / cultivated crop or invasive species is integrated pest management (IPM). It is a holistic approach that draws on a range of different control methods to keep the numbers of a pest at a minimum. We, as beekeepers should be well aware of IPM when considering how to manage that most persistent of bee pests, the Varroa mite.
Now that the honey harvest is upon us, members will be bottling their honey to sell or to show in one of the many shows over the summer and into autumn. There are regulations governing the sale of honey which you must comply with when preparing honey for sale, dealing with hygiene, labelling and composition. Continue reading “Using a refractometer”→