1. Discontinued: Reusable small hive beetle traps. Purchase off Amazon.
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 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.
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 identification is at the front, seeds are in the back. Can easily be carried with you as you go out on your property and try to identify what plants you have growing.
4. Trees of Missouri Field Guide $10. Missouri tree identification guide with illustrations and planting tips from Missouri Department of Conservation. Planting certain trees is an excellent nectar and pollen source for bees.
5. Beginning Beekeeping ($10) by Tanya Phillips. Copyright 2017. Phillips is a master beekeeper from Texas and offers a great resource for beginning beekeepers with excellent illustrations and tips.
6. Bee Antenna Headband $3 each.
Brand new, imported lightweight bee antenna headband, good for pollinator events and Halloween. Fits most children and adults. Headband has fabric cover; antenna are made out of thick pipe cleaners.
How to use: Fun way to show your appreciation for bees, and an easy way to become a bee for Halloween, class presentations and demonstration events.
7. 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.
8. The Beekeepers Handbook 5th Edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. $30.
Excellent advanced 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.
9. Honey Flavor Wheel. $15 A guide to help honey tasters describe the various flavors in honey. Includes a helpful guide in how to taste honey and use the wheel.
10. Missouri Wildflowers Book 6th Edition $20. Guide to identifying and planting MO native plants with color photos and planting tips from Missouri Department of Conservation.
12. Carrots Love Tomatoes $20. Learn to use plants to deter unwanted garden bugs so you don't have to use pesticides and impact your bees.
14.Rolla Bee Club Patch $10. Each patch is 2x4.5 inches and can be added to hats, vests, shirts, backpacks with either glue or by sewing them on.
15. A Beekeeper's Diary Self-Guide to Keeping Bees 2nd Edition. $34.95. Combination beginning beekeeping book and diary, the 310-page award winning paperback provides information for the first 3 years of beekeeping. Approved by Great Plains Master Beekeeping for Apprentice level. Published December 2021.
16. Bee Club Basics or How to Start a Bee Club, 2nd Edition. $34.95. Guide to starting an educational non-profit bee club with 290 pages including sample beginning documents from a charter to volunteer list. Approved by Great Plains Master Beekeeping for Journeyman Level credit. Published May 2022.