Publications of Interest

  • Common Mistakes NJ Beekeepers Make: by NJ State Apiarist Tim Schuler. This powerpoint presentation summarizes statistics from our apiarist's work, points out common mistakes NJ beekeepers make and provides information on how to manage your bees so they will successfully winter over. This will be the basis for some of his presentations at upcoming branch meetings.
  • 2010 Eastern Beekeeper Pollination Survey by Dewey M. Caron, Professor Emeritus University of Delaware, Affiliate Professor Oregon State University. In it's second year after a 2008 pilot project, Dr. Caron's summary of his fall 2010 survey covers rental prices, crops pollinated and recent trends in our Mid-Atlantic region.

  • "Colony Losses Continue for MD/DE beekeepers" by Dewey M. Caron, Professor Emeritus University of Delaware, Affiliate Professor Oregon State University. In his ongoing survey of Maryland and Delaware beekeepers, a 36.4% loss rate was reported in 2010. Dr. Caron also participated in "A survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the USA, fall 2009 to winter 2010. The full text of this article by Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Jerry Hayes Jr., Robyn M Underwood, Dewey Caron and Jeffery Pettis, can be downloaded from the International Bee Research Association by clicking here.

  • Can You See Eggs? by Tim Schuler, State Apiarist, New Jersey Department of Agriculture. It can be difficult for beekeepers to find the queen during a hive inspection, but being able to spot eggs will tell you that your hive was queen-right as of three days ago. Detecting queenlessness early is essential for keeping your colonies strong. newSee our Blog for two short videos on the correct way to hold a frame in order to see eggs.

  • Varroa Sugar Shake by Tim Schuler, State Apiarist, New Jersey Department of Agriculture. How to check the level of Varroa Mite infestation in your hives using the 'sugar shake' method, which is non-lethal to the bees. An older method, 'ether roll', killed the bees used.

  • Managing Varroa Populations by Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. The slides from a presentation given to the Essex County branch of the NJBA, June 9, 2009, covering the honey bee pest varroa mite, its life cycle, monitoring, treatment, soft chemicals and hard chemicals.

  • Helping the Honey Bee by Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. Written for the non-beekeeper, the author provides some basic information on the honey bee and how the average person can help these beneficial insects.
  • Integrated Pest Management was the subject of a PowerPoint presentation given by Master Beekeeper Landi Simone at a spring 2007 meeting of the Essex Beekeepers Society. Learn about identifying, monitoring and treating disease, pests and parasites that affect our honey bees using methods that promote monitoring on a regular basis and treating only when necessary.
  • Nectar and Pollen Sources in NJ lists the plants that are food sources for honeybees in the state and the approximate dates of bloom each year.
  • Rutgers Research Resolution to support Rutgers research beneficial to honeybee. Proposed and authored by Landi Simone at the NJBA winter meeting on January 29, 2005, the resolution was unanimously adopted.

  • Spring Management by Fred Ludewig, retired beekeeper. Early spring is a critical time for honey bees. Many hives that have managed to survive the winter can fail to make it that last few weeks while the weather is changeable, stores are low, forage is scarce and brood is building fast. Tips on what to look for, and how to help your bees survive to the main nectar flow.
  • Working with Screened Bottom Boards by Landi Simone, Master Beekeeper
  • Thymol for Varroa Mite Control - An article reprinted from Hivelights
  • Mite Resistance findings and statistics by Dr. Medhat Nasr related to the use of manmade chemicals
  • Keeping Bees in Populated Areas provides NJ Department of Agriculture guidelines developed with the NJ Beekeepers Association to help beekeepers minimize potential problems.
  • NJ Statutes Pertaining to Beekeeping contains New Jersey's laws regarding diseased colonies, inspection, queen raising, hive requirements, transportation of bees and penalties for non-compliance.
  • Black Bear Information can be found at the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and includes a brochure on "Black Bear Damage and Nuisance Prevention". To report a nuisance bear damaging your hives, contact the Wildlife Control Unit at 908 735-8793.
  • Black Bear Resolution to support a Black Bear Hunt 2003-2004.


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