Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bee Sting Remedies And Bee Identifier

 Have you ever gotten stung and needed something to help with the pain and discomfort? Usually stings are accompanied by redness, swelling and even itchiness. Some people are even allergic and can got into anaphylactic shock which is deadly without immediate emergency care.

See if you can identify the bee that stung you.
Honey Bee
Yellow Jacket (Can sting multiple times)

European Paper Wasp( Can sting multiple times)

Mahogany Paper Wasp(Multiple Stings)

Bald Faced Hornet (Multiple stings)
Bumble Bee (Multiple Stings)

*Your first aim of action is to make sure the stinger is removed.*

    To learn more on this watch this video.

A honeybees stinger is barbed and stays stuck in us after her sting.

 Here are some home remedies with things you probably have just laying around the house.

* Make a paste of meat tenderizer and water or baking soda and water the apply to sting.

* Sprinkle generously with baking soda then drizzle some drops of vinegar to make soda fizz, leave on skin    till pain is gone.

* Cover with a dot of mustard.                                                      

* Cover with honey and reapply as needed for pain.

* Dab with generous amount of toothpaste and leave on sting.

* Soak in Epsom salt and water or make a paste with it.

* Slather with Aloe Vera.

* Crush fresh parsley and apply.

* Crush fresh basil leaves and apply.

* Drizzle apple cider vinegar over it.

* Dab on a bit of deodorant.

Do you have any remedies? Share them in the comment box below.

Homemade Wasp Killer (Spray)

Are you tired of buying expensive Wasp and Yellow Jacket spray? I can help you save a few bucks and at the same time kill these pest. A few years back I started removing honeybees from homes and other buildings. Not long after I had a few people ask if I could take care of the bad bees (Wasp, Yellow Jackets, Hornets). I have never considered this before with the honeybees I was working to gain the colony of bees. But why not take on killing wasp? I wanted to find a simple way to do this and something that would not bother kids or pets. So believe it or not I found out that soapy water would suffocate the wasp if they were covered with it. That's right just regular dish soap and water. Wasp breath through their skin. Covering them with soapy water suffocates them.

So I went and purchased a one gallon pump up sprayer to mix the soapy water in. These sprayers can help to keep you out of harms way. When adjusted correctly they can shot a 6-10 foot stream. Wasp drop like dead flies after they are hit with the spray so it's best to not get to close or at least right under them as they are falling.

I contacted the guy who had asked about this service to take care of his problem. The next day would be the last for these pest.  I showed up early in the morning (To catch all of the bees at the nest) with my sprayer filled with soapy water mixture. This particular wasp nest was up under a overhang of a house roof. As I got close to the nest I could see a ball of wasp covering the brood (wasp larva). 

I pumped up my sprayer and adjusted the tip to spray a nice fine stream then I soaked the whole nest wasp and all. They started to drop immediately after the spray hit them. I watched them on the ground as they crawled around for a few minutes. Then they suddenly stopped moving. Finally they were dying. I noticed a few that were still flying they must had been out flying when I did the first spray. So again I pumped the sprayer and took care of them. This soapy water mixture was amazing.

The sprays you purchase from the store (Raid, Seven dust, Combat) have very strong chemicals in them. I would prefer to keep my distance from them if at all possible. And in the past when I had used these sprays I had noticed it stained areas on my home. They can stain your vinyl siding and your roofing shingle. The soapy water will NOT stain. If anything it will clean. As where the the purchases sprays are full of  harmful chemicals. And lets face it the sprays are expensive averaging $5-$12 a can.

Since then I have used this formula to kill wasp, yellow jackets, and hornets. Try it you'll be glad you did.
Have you seen my YouTube videos on... 
*Homemade wasp killer
*Proper way to remove a honey bee stinger
*Bee sting remedies and bee identifier

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Buying Used Bee Equipment

Buying used bee equipment can save you a lot of money. But some used equipment can be dangerous to use if your not sure what to look for. The killer here is disease. Some equipment can be safe to use without worry.

Usually when you get the chance to purchase used equipment it's because someone is getting out of keeping bees. This should naturally send off red flags. Why are they selling their stuff? Has disease wiped them out? Is it the beekeepers health? Did they use strong chemicals in there equipment?

Don't be afraid to ask

A lot of these questions can probably be answered by the person selling stuff. But it's good to go into the barter knowing what to look for. The major disease to look for would be foulbrood. Foulbrood is the most wide spread bee disease. It is a spore that infects the larva at a young age eventually spreading and killing the colony. To learn more about the two types of foulbrood (American/European)  Click here.

To avoid purchasing this equipment there are a few things a person can look for. As you can see in the picture on the right. The inside of the box has been scorched by a torch. This is one of the treatment to get ride of foulbrood spores. Another thing you may see is boxes that have been painted on the inside. This seals in the spores so the bees can't come in contact with the deadly disease. It's best to avoid buying anything that is to hard to clean. Frames with comb would fall into this category. Comb can hold diseases for a long time and it's easily replaced by bees in spring.

This disease became highly resistant to common disinfecting and can remain alive for up to 40 years in comb and honey. Therefore the only treatment to be considered effective was to burn all contaminated equipment. Terramycin is the only drug approved for use as a preventive step. Terramycin does not kill the spores.

           What is safe                                                                                               Now some used equipment is safe to purchase.  I recently purchased a few used pieces.  Such as 100 pounds of never used wax foundation ( different sizes) that had been stored and is still good. I also got a couple hundred new Peirco plastic frames that had never been used along with 2 complete Ross rounds sets and  their boxes. Here is what I found on cleaning bee equipment. Clean bee equipment

Feel free to comment about any used equipment you have come across or purchased.

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