There’s a ton of information on beekeeping in books and online. It’s often said that if you ask two beekeepers one question, you’ll get three answers! No one person has all the answers, so it’s best to read widely. However, you might find that our Pests & Diseases fact sheets offer a good starting point. Most beekeepers will face problems with pests and diseases at some point. Which ones you’ll be struck with and how badly very much depends on where you are. Accordingly, the best education on how to manage pests and diseases will come from beekeepers near you. We can’t stress enough how important it is to connect with local beekeepers who will be well-versed on the issues you’ll be likely to contend with in your local area. Local primary industry authorities, beekeeping associations and beekeeping suppliers will also be helpful. However, there are a few import important things all beekeepers should consider to minimise the spread and incidence of pests and diseases, wherever they are.
Flow Hive technology was invented to make the honey harvesting process easier and gentler and ultimately make beekeeping more accessible to new beekeepers by eliminating the hard work and expensive extraction equipment associated with conventional methods. Getting to know your bees and regularly checking in on the brood box (that’s the bottom storey of the hive where the bees live) is still as important as ever. Again, how often you need to do these checks depends on individual circumstances such as location, incidence of pests and diseases, and the time of year. Check with local beekeepers for the best information on how often to inspect your hive.