Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus & Implications On Beekeeping

Coronavirus Fear Has Gripped Our Nation

COVID 19 is a serious concern and regular care and attention is prudent such as washing your hands and having extras of common items.
How Does the Corona Virus Impact Honey Bees?

Virologist agree that COVID 19 cannot infect arthropods, such as honey bees. That's good news given the fact that bees are battling a large array of viruses already. The number one enemy of honey bees is the varroa destructor mite because as the mite bites bees it transfers viruses to bees. Once bees are infected with viruses the viruses spreads rapidly through the colony. Mite control is the single most advantageous management practice beekeepers need to understand to be successful. Check out my ONLINE MITE CONTROL COURSE.

Can Honey Cure COVID 19?

The New York Post ran an article of a Briton who came down with Coronavirus and refused regular treatment and instead, used honey and whisky. While throughout history honey has been known for its natural beneficial properties, it should never replace conventional medical services. Honey mixed with whisky and lemon juice has been around a long time.It is believed to have been invented in Scotland in the 1700s. It is known as a Hot Toddy. Many people really believe in its natural healing power. My mom gave it to me occasionally as a kid when I was sick. Again, DO NOT use a Hot Toddy instead of going to the doctor and receiving conventional medical care. Honey should only be used along with sound medical advice. Honey should not be given to children under 1 year old.

How Does the Corona Virus Impact Beekeeping?

COVID 19 should have little to no negative consequences on beekeeping. If anything, it should increase awareness of how important it is to become more self-sufficient in a fragile world. How does beekeeping add to being self-sufficient? Many are striving to become more self-sufficient, especially by growing our own food through crops, orchards and plants that feed cattle. Honey bees pollinate these crops providing fruits and vegetables and feed for many animals. Of course honey is a natural sweetener.

If You Are Staying Home To Play It Safe Against the Coronavirus, What Can You Do To Occupy Your Time? Beekeeping!

Consider taking one of our ONLINE COURSES from the comfort and safety of your home. Perhaps your beekeeping class was cancelled or you are not comfortable spending the day in a classroom with others. Now you can enjoy learning all about bees from the comfort of your home through our online courses.

Join Me This Saturday (March 14th 2020) 11am-3pm In Monmouth, Illinois

I'll be speaking between 11am and 3pm addressing Basic and Intermediate Beekeeping Techniques.

The address is:
120 S Sunny Ln, Monmouth, IL 61462

Just show up!

Monmouth Illinois is 17 miles west of Galesburg, Illinois. Contact Tom at: for more info.


Join Now & Have EAS Certified Master Beekeeper At Your Fingertips. You Can Call, Email Or Text When You Need Guidance.

The first 10 to sign up TODAY ONLY (6 month membership) will receive a personally signed autographed copy of David & Sheri's new beekeeping book when it comes out this August.

So many beekeepers are signing up for BeeTeam6, a mentorship coaching program to help you with all your beekeeping needs, no matter where you live. Wouldn't it be nice to have a certified master beekeeper at your fingertips anytime you aren't sure what to do next, or what that funny looking stuff is on your frame? When to feed? Disease? Queenless? What treatment would work? When you call, you get David Burns, not a secretary. Once you are registered you are given David's personal cell phone number and email to help you in all your beekeeping endeavors.

-You will also receive several new instructional videos and articles each month.

- Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send David a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and he will advise you on the next step to take. 

The first 10 to sign up TODAY ONLY (6 month membership) will receive a personally signed autographed copy of David & Sheri's new beekeeping book when it comes out this August.

Burns Bees Feeding System Back In Stock!

Often, beekeepers fail to keep enough food strategically placed on the hive for maximum brood build up in the spring. For example, when temperatures reach 50 or below in the spring, say on a cool spring night, the cluster is no longer able to feed from an entrance feeder on the front of a hive. And with the recent studies we know that bees need protein (pollen) as much if not more than just sugar water. The Burns Bees Feed System places the food strategically over the brood nest area, keeping food where bees can always access it even on cold nights or rainy spring days. What about a summer dearth, that period between summer and fall nectar flows? Bees often suffer from a lack of nutrition in late summer and fall. The Burns Bees Feed System keeps both liquid and patties on the hive for maximum preparation for winter. The Burns Bees Feed System includes 2 jar caps. Does not include mason jars or feed. Use board in place of inner cover. Available for 10 or 8 frame Hives.


A Hive + Bees + Equipment + Fee Class

Look no further!! We will ship the hives and equipment now, then you come to pick up bees 4/25/20 (date can change so flexibility is required)

This is a new product, a Total Package!! Everything you need to get started in beekeeping today. Package includes:

1 Newbee Start Up Beehive (1 deep with 10 frames and foundation.

1 honey super with 10 frames and foundations.

1 premier inner cover

1 telescoping top cover

1 screen bottom board with entrance reducer) *Made In America by Illinois craftsmen *Top of the line quality * Completely Assembled * Painted and sealed twice *Ready to go right out of the box
             1 - 3 lb package of bees with queen (must be picked up ONLY on 4/25/20 at our Training Center in Fairmount IL. You will receive more info on bees.) AND A FREE CLASS!
            Order now and you will receive our Beginners Online Course, taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns (no substitutions, sorry). You can watch anytime and as often as you want. Provide valid email and check for video email. PLUS
             1 Smoker
             1 Hat with Veil
             1 entrance feeder with holed cap
             1 hive tool
             Priceless: All year customer service