The Beekeeper's Problem Solver: 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained (Paperback)

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Author, experienced beekeeper, and apiary expect James E. Tew explains 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, clearly spelling out their underlying causes and how to solve all of them.

Beekeeping requires understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Laying the groundwork for a successful hive is essential, and demands a keen appreciation of critical areas like hive management, breed choice, and health requirements.

Bees often disguise problems, though, making recognizing trouble in the crucial, initial stages that much more difficult. Whether you’re a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud, or avoid them in the first place.

With color photography throughout and a glossary of terms at the back, each beekeeping problem is tackled in depth, covering a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are conveniently organized into the following categories:
  • Beekeeping Basics – My new bees arrived during a cool, rainy period.
  • Beekeeping Equipment – The beehive smoker will not stay lit.
  • Biology and Behavior of the Colony – There are many dead drones at the hive entrance.
  • Managing and Manipulating Hives – The brood nest has been built across multiple boxes.
  • Queen Production and Maintenance – The queen is not a good egg producer.
  • Diseases and Pests of Honey Bees – Varroa mites have overrun the colony.
  • Pollen and Pollination – Too few bees are pollinating the target crop.
  • Producing and Processing Honey – The honey filter keeps getting clogged.
  • Beeswax, Propolis, and Specialty Issues – Propolis is difficult to gather and process.

Don’t lose your hive to something preventable, just grab your problem solver!

About the Author

James E. Tew has been keeping bees for over 40 years. He has a PhD in Entomology and is currently a Consulting Professor at Auburn University, where he conducts beekeeping educational programs and maintains social media systems that support the Alabama beekeeping industry. Recently retired from The Ohio State University, where he worked for 33 years as an Associate Professor focusing on pollination ecology and the use of honeybees and native bees as pollination agents, James gives lectures and workshops for beekeepers in the US and UK, runs the website One Tew Bee (, and has written numerous books, including Wisdom for Beekeepers, as well as articles for Bee Culture magazine.

Praise For…

"Many introductory works on beekeeping discuss some of the issues that may surface with a new hive, but this single volume covers the 100 most general beekeeping problems and their solutions. Tew, an entomologist and consulting ­professor at ­Auburn University in ­Alabama, bee blogger ­ (, and author (Wisdom for Beekeepers), has worked with bees for almost 40 years and draws from both personal and professional experience. Chapters are divided into basic areas such as equipment, queen production, pest control, and producing honey. Within each section, issues are laid out as questions in lay terms, such as "I don't know where to get my first bees," "Wasps are attacking the bees," and "Honey has granulated in the comb." The author accompanies each problem with a cause and solution; full-color photographs and a glossary provide additional information. ­VERDICT Newer beekeepers looking for a quick reference guide will find that this book covers most common problems. Experienced beekeepers may want more specific works." - Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631590351
ISBN-10: 1631590359
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: February 15th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English