Today’s beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of “colony collapse disorder.” Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical remedy of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In truth, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse.
It’s time for a new approach. Now revised and up to date with new resources and including full-color photos during, Natural Beekeeping offers all of the recent information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a variety of subjects, including:
- The basics of bee biology and anatomy
- Urban beekeeping
- Identifying and working with queens
- Parasitic mite control
- Hive diseases
Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a variety of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best “do no harm” strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the usage of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way.
Whether you’re a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist on the lookout for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.