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First inspection and a mystery bee

The temperatures rose to 15C yesterday in Hampshire, so I took the opportunity to open my hives for the first time this season. And the news is good.

ApiShield Asian hornet trap – video

Video of Dr Max Watkins, Technical Director of Vita, talking about ApiShield, the Asian hornet trap. It will be available through Vita’s distributors.

The invasion of the Asian Hornet

Video of Dr Max Watkins, Technical Director of Vita (Europe) Ltd, talking about the spread Asian hornet and the threat it poses to honeybees in a growing number of countries in Europe.

Asian hornet adapts in Galicia?

The Asian Hornet, first seen in in Galicia in NW Spain in 2012, now appears to be active in winter, according to this report in Vida Apicola.

Benefits of using Vita Feed Gold

Vita Feed Gold has a very beneficial effect in reducing spores of Nosema ceranae, an increasingly important disease of honeybees. Dr Max Watkins of Vita explains on video.

Raring to go!

Here’s a welcome sight. This little nucleus is taking full advantage of the January sun right now. It’s only 10 degrees Celsius, but it’s the best day they have seen for some time.

Meet Vita this spring

You can speak in person to Vita personnel at two events in Britain this spring. At Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 1 March and at the BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire on 4-5 April.

Tanging doesn’t do it

Tanging doesn’t work according to the latest research published by IBRA. No amount of bashing pots and pans will make a swarm settle. But beekeepers shouldn’t despair. Put away the kitchen utensils and use the Vita swarm wipes!


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