My name is Aleta (pronounced aleeta). My husband and I just bought some hives and equipment. We thought we were getting 4 hives, but ended up with 2 live hives. We actually have already done a rescue of a swarm hive and placed that in a hive box. That was really very interesting. That hive to our delight has queen eggs and larvae and is thriving very well.
My husband did some beekeeping with FFA in his youth, I have never done anything with bees. We are both learning and are very excited to see what will become of our hives. We moved them to a new location and so far, so good.
We are having trouble with hive beetles. Is it possible to put Diatomaceous Earth in the beetle traps? We read that you can use lyme, but DE is a natural insect killer and less harmful to the environment. We use it for our chickens and livestock and for killing fire ant hills.
I am really excited about caring for our bees. It is so fascinating to watch them at work!