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Selected OSU Extension Publications

Protecting Honey Bees from Yellowjacket Wasps

This publication gives beekeepers a brief overview of yellowjacket wasps, a common threat to honey bee colonies. Included are details about yellowjacket identification, life cycle, and behavior. It also offers recommendations for controlling and preventing attacks, while affirming the important role...

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

Residential Beekeeping: Best-practice guidelines for nuisance-free beekeeping in Oregon

This publication outlines guidelines for best practices for beekeeping in residential areas. It outlines the steps residential beekeepers can take to operate their bees in nuisance-free manner.

By Ramesh Sagili, Andony Melathopoulos, Jennifer Holt | OSU Extension Catalog

Living on The Land: Providing Habitat for Native Pollinators

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on how to attract and support native pollinators by creating and maintaining the right habitat, including features like nesting sites, quality food, and shelter from pesticides. Use the button below to...

By Brian Tuck, Rachel Suits | OSU Extension Catalog

Sampling for Varroa Mites from a Honey Bee Brood Nest

Knowing the levels of Varroa mites in your apiary and understanding the effects of their presence will enable you to make an educated decision on your treatment plan. This video demonstrates two methods for sampling a colony for varroa mites: the alcohol wash and the powdered sugar shake.

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

Nosema Analysis in Honey Bees

Knowing the levels of Nosema in your apiary and understanding the effects of its presence will enable you to make an educated decision on your treatment plan. In this video, we demonstrate how to process a sample of honey bees for microscopic diagnosis of Nosema for both presence/absence and spore...

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

Dissecting Honey Bees for Tracheal Mites

Knowing the levels of tracheal mites in your apiary and understanding the effects of their presence will enable you to make an educated decision on your treatment plan. In this video, we demonstrate the dissection of a honey bee worker for tracheal mite infestation.

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

The Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon

Although no significant damage has been reported from this pest in Oregon and it is not clear whether this beetle can thrive in this state, the beetle has been a menace in many states and poses a threat to Oregon through migratory bee colonies and from package bees and queens purchased from regions...

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

Nurturing Mason Bees in Your Backyard in Western Oregon

An overview of mason bee basic biology and life cycle, and detailed descriptions of what is needed to start keeping mason bees, including desirable plants, nesting sites and types of nests, and caring for the cocoons over fall and winter. There are many helpful color photos throughout.

By Ramesh Sagili, Brooke Edmunds | OSU Extension Catalog

Overwintered Honey Bee Nucleus Colonies: Big Solutions in Small Packages

This publication describes how commercial and backyard beekeepers can minimize colony losses through such best management practices as establishing nucleus colonies, which can provide quick resolution for many beekeeping problems.

By Ramesh Sagili, Carolyn Breece | OSU Extension Catalog

How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides

An overview of how a variety of wild and managed bees and their pollination activities are affected by pesticide application. Provides guidelines for how beekeepers, growers, and pesticide applicators can work together to prevent bee poisoning. Click "view it now" for the full publication or...

By Ramesh Sagili | OSU Extension Catalog

Evaluating Honey Bee Colonies for Pollination

In this publication, commercial growers who rent honey bees for pollination and beekeepers who provide pollination services will find information on honey bee colony strength evaluation, average number of colonies needed for pollination, basic honey bee biology in context of pollination, and...

By Ramesh Sagili | OSU Extension Catalog

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