Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the best variety of bee for our area?
A: Italians seem to be a favorite as well as Carniolans.  Russian bees are considered to be more resistant to heath issues, but are very prone to swarming (just ask Tamara!)

Here is a link to a very nice discussion of the various types of honeybees.

Q: I only have one hive and I don't want to buy a lot of extraction equipment. Does the club have an extractor I can borrow or rent?
A: We have purchased an extractor as a club, and it is available for members to borrow. Request the extractor

Q: Is Small Hive Beetle a problem in the Great Basin area?
A: One of the benefits of our location: since the Small Hive Beetle pupates in the ground, it does not do well in areas where the ground freezes in the winter.