How to Raise Honeybees: A Beginner's Guide

If the draw of fresh honey has given you bees on the brain, you can learn how to raise honeybees that will provide you with excitement and sweetness for years to come.



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When you raise your own bees, you'll be rewarded in fresh honey that puts store-bought honey to shame.
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Rev. L.L. Langstroth's hive design is still mostly intact today.
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If you scrape a stinger off quickly after being stung, most of the bee's venom will never reach your bloodstream.
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Buying bees through a mail-order service may be the easiest way for first-timers to begin beekeeping.
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Many would-be beekeepers shy away from the idea because they're afraid of being stung. The author explains that, with a little know-how, stings can be a rarity, and the payoff is well worth the risk.
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If your hive gets foulbrood, you must destroy it immediately so that your bees don't infect others.
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