HONEY BEE or YELLOWJACKET WASP? Wasps, an insect, are protein eaters typically of other insects like soft bodies caterpillars and spiders. They are beneficial predators as they clean our environment of dead bodies. The appear as skinny and shiny with no noticeable hairs on their bodies. They are carnivores, which we normally witness as
is your complete beekeeping outfitter and education center for the the Columbia Gorge. We stock a full line of beekeeping supplies from woodenware, protective clothing, varroa mite treatments and small hive beetle controls as well as 3lb. package bees and five frame medium NUCS.
Are you considering venturing into beekeeping? Let's us help combine your style and purpose with the necessary equipment. Often the new beekeepers loads up on 'stuff' only to find later they should have purchased different a incompatible style. Not only will we align your needs and aspirations but will be there to propel your apiary into success!
It is impossible for a small store, such as BG Bees, to support a storeroom full of our products, but we strive to please. Let us know what you are seeking in the way of beekeeping clothing, protective gear, hive products, or disease or pest control items. We will work with you to find the right one for you bringing it to your doorstep.
How Do We Differ?
We strive to provide more than a store front.
Community education through our Honey Infused Lunches coupled with an Apiary Tour,
Beekeeping Classes from beginner to advanced,
Personalized hive inspections,
and much more.
Honey Bee Fun Facts
- Workers weigh over 121 mg.
- The brain of a worker bee is about a cubic millimeter but has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal.
- A bee gorged with 30 mg of honey can fly 34 miles.
- Bees fly 1.2 to 2.5 miles and a maximum of 6 miles away from the hive.
Yesterday, while installing a Package, a beekeeper in Portland felt certain a Small Hive Beetle, SHB, accompanied the mix. Our honey bees have been devastated by the Varroa Mite over the past years, but with the emergence of the small hive beetle we enter into a new era of concern and control. It has slowly
Bear Cub in our front yard Bears are great creatures, but just not compatible with honeybees. They have a great sense of smell, so the honey your bees spend their life collecting become a quest for the wandering, weary, hungry animal. Bear playing in wading pool As good as honey sounds, it does not compare
Beekeepers around the world have become frustrated with honey bee losses. Not only does it affect the pocket book but personal love for these insects. Bee Informed Partnership, among other things, performs annual loss reports. The past nine years (2008-2017) reports of 40.4% by Backyard and 28.1% loss by Commercial operations have proved challenging.
Honey bee hives swarm to duplicate their hive. A means of survival. One would think the Queen’s egg laying was the colonies means of replication, but it only builds and maintains colony strength for the nectar flow season. To ensure the survivability of the bee race it must create a swarm for duplicity. Many in
Preparing for Spring Management actually begins the moment the honey bee hive is secured for the long winter months. Preparing for winter losses becomes crucial to those in an expansion mode. Possibly preparing a Resource Hive (winter NUC) to repopulate hives that do not survive the arduous winter. Hives not surviving the wintry months often