Spring has sprung, and so have the honeybees. This time of year is known as swarm season. All winter bees have been in their hives existing from the honey they produced before winter.
Come early spring, the queen bee has been busy laying larvae that will become the workers and drones of the colony. Soon she will have produced so many new bees that the hive becomes too large to manage. When the hive gets too big the bees no longer smell the original queen and thinking she is dead they create a new one.
There can’t be two queens in a colony. So, after the new queen bee is made, the original queen bee leaves with about half of the colony to find new digs – hence the swarm.
If you see a huge clump of bees together, this is a swarm. They often land on trees and sidewalks to rest while the scout bees leave to check things out and to try to find a new home for them. The queen bee is protected somewhere in the middle of the swarm. When she gets tired, she stops for a rest, and so does the whole bee gang.
A swarm of bees is truly a sight to see. And though it seems scary, they are usually pretty docile. Little Giant Beekeepers gets calls for swarms located on cars, sidewalks, and office buildings. Most of the time, they will move on to the next place.
We usually tell people to wait 72 hours and see if they move on their own. Sometimes they don’t leave or are in a location that is dangerous for them or people around. Little Giant Beekeepers can come and relocate a swarm to a safer place.
What you do want to be aware of is if you see scouting bees around your house. Scouting bees leave the swarm to look for a new place to make their colony. They often fly around a house trying to find a hole into a void, like an eave to make their new home. So, if you start to see multiple bees going into a hole in the side of a window or eave beware, they might have started a colony.
If you have a swarm around your house, call Little Giant Beekeepers and we can talk about the next steps in protecting your home from a swarm moving in. We can come safely remove the swarm for a fee and relocate them to an apiary, so you don’t have to worry about them moving into your structure…never fun for a homeowner! Call 972-980-0923.
The adage is true: summer bodies are made in the winter. If you are like many Americans after the new year, you might be trying to eat healthily and watch your weight this season. One way to achieve this goal is to eat natural foods over man-made or artificial products.
Sugarcane comes from nature, but it takes a lot of processing for it actually to become sugar. Honey, on the other hand, is made purely from bees – a natural product. So, honey makes a great natural substitute for white sugar and other sweeteners. Honey is sweeter than sugar and has more calories. A single tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, with white sugar only having 49.
But because honey is a sweeter substance, you can use less of it to make something sweet. Sugar is higher on the Glycemic Index, this means it can spike your blood sugars more quickly than honey. Sugar is comprised of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. Honey, on the other hand, contains 40 percent fructose and 30 percent glucose, with the remaining elements being water, pollen, magnesium and potassium. The later ingredients being part of the reason why honey is also better for you.
It is easy to use honey to replace sugar in most recipes. Simply use ¾ cup of honey to replace 1 cup of sugar. Honey has more liquid than regular sugar so you may need to use less liquid in the recipe. The National Honey Board has great recipes using honey as the primary sweetener. These honey thyme cakes look amazing.
Honey can be used to make more than just desserts, though. It can also be used in savory dishes like these honey lime chicken skewers. In general, it makes a healthier replacement for sugar.
Honey has been used by many cultures for millennia to treat a variety of ailments. This knowledge has been passed down generation to generation and now science is catching up to explain why honey is so amazing. Most likely, you’ve tried honey in a sore throat remedy. Perhaps mixed with lemon and hot tea? It works. It has antimicrobial features, so it is killing bacteria that might be causing a sore throat.
Another key to honey’s medicinal properties is that it actually reduces the swelling. Bringing down the swelling makes your throat hurt less. Honey acts as a hypertonic osmotic, meaning it pulls water out. It helps calm inflamed tissue reducing the swelling, making it easier to swallow. Honey works wonders for a sore throat, it’s is not just an old wives’ tale.
Honey is quickly becoming a staple in healthcare regimens thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Manuka honey, or honey from a tea tree bush, is very effective in this. This kind of honey is being used in a medical setting as a treatment against MRSA and staph. Some of the worst infections to get in a hospital setting. The healthcare industry is using honey to help clean wounds, reduce inflammation and promote new tissue growth. At home, simply put honey on the bandage and cover the wound. See for yourself if you heal faster.
Honey has also been proven to help burn pain and heal burns faster. From sunburns to kitchen burns, honey can help reduce pain and also make the burn go away quickly.
We hope you enjoy using honey in the winter as much as we do at Little Giant Beekeepers. If you have a hive you didn’t ask for please contact Little Giant Beekeepers and we can help you with a hive removal. Call 972-316-9135.
Are you looking for some fun and different ideas for holiday gifts? Then you are at the right place, and Little Giant Beekeepers has sourced some fun honey gifts for the holidays. Really, who doesn’t love honey?
You may think you know a lot about honeybees, but there is always more to learn about this fascinating creature. Did you know that honeybees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans? Or that honey is the one food that never goes bad? Did you know that honeybees are responsible for one-third of our crops, thanks to their pollinating skills? Truly, honeybees are fascinating creatures.