1. Reusable small hive beetle traps $2.50 each, 20 or more $2 each.
How to use: Use with small hive beetle lure recipes in the center section; can also use pollen patties, apple cider vinegar, pollen, fruit, live beetles (beetles like to huddle up with other beetles).
Fill each of the two outside wells with mineral oil, vegetable oil, food grade diatomaceous earth or pickling lime 1/3 full to trap shb when they fall in.
Check weekly; replace weekly and/or bi-monthly, depending on use and weather.
In summer, place at opposite corners and reverse as boxes go up. In winter, place in center of the hive.
2. 2018 Natural Events Calendars $10. These are the same calendars that were included in 2014-2016 basic beekeeping classes through University of Missouri Phelps County Extension and Rolla Bee Club classes.
How to use: These calendars have what native flowers are blooming every month, which helps beekeepers track nectar flow.
You can also post your hive inspection info on the calendar and compare your notes at the end of the year.
3. Seedling ID Guide $10 Handy guide showing seeds and young native plant starts for 40 native prairie plants, all great hosts for pollinators including honeybees.
Young plant id is at the front, seeds are in the back.
All proceeds benefit Rolla Bee Club.
4. Swarm Trooper Swarm Box $40. Lightweight honey bee swarm trap, weighs less than 4 lbs assembled. Easily assembled, no tools required.
Consists of extra strong “Con Pearl” box, weather resistant for years of use. Double deep size, 5 frame box, frame rests for any size (deep medium. etc.) standard Langstroth frames. Sample of Swarm Commander is included.
Entrance hole that can be opened and closed to contain bees, two screened ventilation windows that are closed, can easily be opened for transporting the bees.
Pre-punched feeder hole in top can be left in or removed for adding Swarm Trooper Feeder.
Supplied straps that thread through bottom of box to secure unit together, and hanging in tree, securing to the ground with user supplied ropes. Frames easily removed for installation into permanent Langstroth hive.
5. Stop the Sting $5. This FDA-approved natural product works well on bee, other insect stings as well as poison ivy and poison oak.
How to use: After scraping stinger off and washing area exposed to poison ivy/oak with soap and water and drying, press tube several times to mix ingredients inside well, then squeeze small amount on fingertip and apply on affected area.
6. Small Hive Beetle Entrance Trap with Adapter* $35
Beetle Jail entrance traps catch small hive beetles before they enter the hive.
With a 2″ deep molded polypropylene oil reservoir, you can use vegetable oil or diatomaceous earth for pest control. Can be used with Langstroth, Top Bar, and Warre bee hives. Made with poplar wood, dipped in Wood Life Classic (a wood preservative and primer), and should be painted with a water based exterior paint before use.
Adapter available for an 8-frame hive. We are currently testing one of these traps to see how well they work here.
7. The Beekeepers Handbook 4th Edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. $20.
Excellent beekeeping guide with illustrated step-by-step directions. Paperback.
Both David and I recommend it for your home reference library, it's a book you will keep going back to as you get more experience beekeeping.
8. The Beekeeping Handbook by Vivian Head $10. Clear and comprehensive guide for any would-be beekeeper.
This brand new, paperback book offers practical advice on how to buy colonies, keep detailed records, manage a hive, deal with stings. Fully illustrated.
Excellent first book for the would-be beekeeper.