Varroa destructor (Varroa mite) is an external parasitic mite that attack honey bees.
This mite is very destructive of bee colonies, creating havoc by their ability to transmit diseases such as deformed wing virus to larval or pupating bees, resulting in death or severe deformity of the pupae.
Pollution is also a major killer of bees however one of the great advantages of Dartmoor, Exmoor & Bodmin moor is the lack of pollution, thus providing the bees with a safe haven against pollution by chemical pesticides.
Although the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) isnot yet a major problem in our area of Europe the invasive nature of the hornet will soon become a reality in our countryside. There are steps which we will need to take to avoid the spread of the Asian Hornet. Radical treatment will be necessary as soon as a nest has been observed. Indeed the Asian Hornet is responsible for the death of a large number of bee colonies in Europe. The females are equipped with stingers that kill the bee at the entrance to their hive. The nest is of paper, about half a meter in length & a rough oval. They are often found high up in trees, hidden by summer foliage. Once observed they need to be destroyed in order to eradicate the colony.
Training in bee keeping
Advice on location of the hives, how to ensure your bees have a good source of nectar and pollen, bee management and getting the best out of your bees can be tricky for new apiarists. A visit from Peter with friendly advice at this early stage, may save you a few teething problems.
Seasonal care, feeding issues and the weather fluctuate from month to month and it is often the case that no two years are alike for apiarists. These changing conditions will effect your bees. Peter offers sound advice at any stage. Maybe a telephone call is all that is needed. Chat to Peter for up to half an hour for just £12*
Please note that we have had to introduce this billing system as at some times in the year Peter can spend the whole evening on the phone.
The long term success of any hive will depend on attentive management. The Queen especially needs cosseting. Her well-being is supremely important.
Viruses have changed the world of beekeeping in the last few years. Sometimes a site inspection is required, and Peter understands the importance of rapid first aid.
He is currently working alongside one of the leading scientists in Exeter University aiming at understanding the flexibility of insects & how they respond & interact to environmental changes; also how animals use different types of visual, olfactory and tactile information to behave intelligently.
Peter has joined the British Bee Assocation in order to multiply their introduction to the heathlands of Devon.
He has also recently started to work with improving the number of bumble bees in his area.
Home visit £ 50 for up to 2 hours, plus travelling expenses at sensible rates if journey time more than 15 minutes.
Would you like a hive to come and pollinate your fruit garden or orchard? Telephone Peter to enquire about a hive being brought to you to pollinate your flowering buds in the garden.
Swarms captured and transported. Same day visit in Devon £45 - £60 depending on the distance to travel. Sometime from the end of April to late July there may be several swarms to deal with in any one day, and each swarm has to be fed and re-housed.