Beekeeping can be fun and challenging

 

, or apiculture, is a fascinating activity for all ages. Beekeeping is an excellent hobby that can provide extra money and valuable educational experiences in biology and business.

In the United States, more than 200,000 people keep . Honeybees are valuable insects. They about $10 billion worth of U.S. crops and produce about $150 million worth of honey each year.

Beginning beekeeping can be fun and challenging: many new terms must be understood; equipment, tools and bees purchased; seasonal management practices researched; beekeeping clubs joined; trade magazines subscribed to; classes attended. Understanding the basics of colony inspection, monitoring for pests and diseases, producing honey, and preparing for winter are crucial to success and enjoyment of beekeeping.

Before starting to keep bees, consider these points. Some people are allergic to venom and can become seriously ill or even die as a result of just one sting. Bees like to call the hive home. If you respect their home and treat them gently, then your tolerance to a bee sting will seldom be put to the test.

Even if you are careful, stings are bound to occur when working with bees. If you are sensitive to stings, you should not keep bees. Neighbors who fear bees might not want hives nearby. Keep your colonies away from areas where people will get in the way.

Successful , beginners or experts, are always learning about apiculture. They often belong to local or state clubs where they can share ideas and experiences with others.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association will host a Beginners Beekeeping School at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service at 3500 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights. Topics will include: What is beekeeping? Hive Installation, Pest Control and Tools of the Trade. Please bring a sack lunch. Make reservations to the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service at 859-572-2600 or online at ces.ca.uky.edu/campbell.

 

 

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