Online Resources For BeeKeepers

Pests and Diseases

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and their Maladies – Penn State University

USDA Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory

USDA Publication – Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases

Small Hive Beetle IPM – Dr. W.M. Hood – Clemson University SC

An Investigation of Techniques for Using Oxalic Acid to Reduce Varroa Mite Populations in Honey Bee Colonies and Package Bees – A Doctoral dissertation from the University of Nebraska.

TN State Apiary forms

TN Apiary Act – The state laws concerning bee keepers
Apiary Inspection Request
TN Apiary Registration Online – Completely free, and Required by law
Application to Move Honeybees or Used Equipment into TN
Application to Establish an Experimental Apiary in TN
Reporting Movement of Honeybee Colonies for Pollination within TN
Request for Apiary Information
Request to be Placed on Pollinator List for Growers
Request to be Placed on Swarm Removal Services List
Request to be Placed on Structural Honeybee Removal List
Request to be Placed on List to Sell Local Honey and Other Products
Request to be Removed From Any/All Above Lists
Apiary Section Complaint Form

Join the TBA

Websites and Videos

Scientific Bee Keeping by Randy Oliver

George Imirie’s pink pages – This authoritative website by the late master bee keeper George Imirie has been one of the finest resources on the internet for years.  You wouldn’t go far wrong if this was the only thing you ever read about bee keeping.

Beekeeping in Tennessee – published by the University of TN.

Bee Culture Magazine

Natural BeeKeeping – by Michael Bush

History of Beekeeping – excellent article on Wikipedia.

University of TN BeeKeeping website

Online Beekeeping classes – from beginner to advanced

BeeKeeping in Tennessee – University of TN Extension

A video on how to tell if a hive is queenless before you install that expensive new one.

Installing package bees video

Bee Keeping Videos – presented by Brushy Mountain bee supply

Build your Own Equipment

Plans for all kinds of woodenware – For the build it yourselfer

Coates 8 Frame Medium Nuc – Easy and economical nucleus hive made out of 1/2″ plywood.

Queen Rearing

Queens For Pennies – Randy Olivers simple method.

Queen Rearing – an excellent series of videos on queen rearing – thanks to Matthew Phillips for the link.

Queen rearing using the Cloake Board Method – Some beginning queen producers (and some more experienced ones too) favor the Cloake Board method because a strong hive can be used as a cell builder without interfering with it’s honey production.

Queen Rearing without Grafting – excellent illustrated step by step how to article.


Queen Excluders or Honey Excluders? A research Project.

What is in Honey-B-Healthy? – This article tells briefly how Honey-B-Healthy was developed and used by the researchers.

2 Queen Hive – a study by the USDA

Glossary of beekeeping terms

The Honey Gatherers – amazing honey bee photography

Oxalic Acid Nutritional Supplement for Immune Support of Honey Bee Colonies

Overwintered Honey Bee Nucleus Colonies: Big Solutions in Small Packages

Please use the comments  to suggest other web sites on beekeeping that you find interesting or useful.

Equipment vendors

Mann Lake – We Know Bees –

Kelley Beekeeping


Dadant  Beekeeping Supplies | Quality Beekeeping Equipment

Brushy Mtn Bee Supplies –

Beekeeping – Tractor Supply Company

Miller Bee Supply: Home

Things that Beekeepers Associations might find useful

Hold Harmless Form – a simple form to protect your club from liability.

Beginner Beekeepers Short Course – Feel free to use this material for your own educational program.


Add 1 teaspoon of plain 6% household liquid bleach per gallon of sugar syrup to prevent fermentation, mold or bacterial growth.  Essential oils and vinegar will also work, but are prone to set off robbing – bleach won’t.


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  2. I was checking out the Robber Screen design on line. I am wondering if that is left on , how do you or the bees clean out the dead ones,,, especially in the winter.?

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