Store Closes for the Season – Online Remains Open

The season went by fast and we got to the time of the year when most beekeepers in the Inland Northwest finished checking their hives, treating for mites, and feeding when needed.

There’s no much beekeeping activity left, so we usually close our store for the season.

The BeeManiacs online store remains open 24/7/365 though. If you need any beekeeping material, you can place an order online and we will ship it to you or you can still select “pick up at the store” and we will schedule an appointment for you to pick up your order.

We will open again for regular hours on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Formic Pro back in stock

Fresh shipment of Formic Pro just arrived! Just in time to treat your hives before they make their winter bees.

We have the 2-dose and the 10-dose packs in inventory. As usual, we only sell medication in the original package, showing the official label, instructions, and expiry date.

We do not ship Formic Pro, but you can order online and select pick up at the store or just come to BeeManiacs on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm:https://beemaniacs.com/product/formic-pro-strips/

New Stainless Steel Uncapping Tool Available

Ready for extracting time?

We have a new uncapping tool that makes the extraction process easier, while reducing comb damage.

The uncapping tool is made of durable stainless steel and it’s very easy to clean. There’s no wooden handle that would come off after some uses and cleaning cycles. This is the stronger version available in the market.

As we use the tool to extract our own frames, we will add pictures and videos with the tool in action.

You can currently order the uncapping tool in our store: https://beemaniacs.com/product/uncapping-tool-stainless-steel/

Packages and queens arriving on time – April 27

Weather in queen production areas improved in April so our package producer was able to catch up queen production for our packages.

Packages and queens will be available at the original pickup date of April 27, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Please note that at this time we’re sold out of packages. You can join our waitlist at the package ordering page and the website will let you know if any packages become available (ordering page here:
https://beemaniacs.com/product/package-bees/ .

If you are looking for Saskatraz queens, follow this link:
https://beemaniacs.com/product/saskatraz-queen/

If you ordered bees from us, make sure to check that you receive email updates from us. We will send at least two emails this week (reminder and installation instructions). 

Saskatraz Queens Available

Even though the bad weather has delayed queen production this year and caused a delay on our package day, we will be able to bring some extra Saskatraz queens on the same trip.

You can order Saskatraz queens in this link

Most queen producers are fully sold out until July, so we’re very happy to be able to bring some queens with us. Pickup date is still to be determined, but the queens will arrive the same day the packages do.

If you wanted to try Saskatraz bees but didn’t need to buy any packages, this is your chance to get some Saskatraz queens and introduce them to your splits.

This is the only time we will bring bring Saskatraz queens this year.

Bees Arriving Later This Season

If you have placed an order for live bees with us, you should have received an email update from us. Just in case someone doesn’t see the email, we’re re-posting the information below.

Olivarez Honey Bees, our supplier of live bees for this season, just reported that abnormally cold weather is going to delay queen production this season.

At this point, California colonies are developing about 3 to 4 weeks later than usual. Due to the cold weather, colonies are not producing drones yet.

Producing a high-quality queen requires the presence of many mature drones during mating flights. Since the cold weather has delayed drone production, Olivarez needs to delay queen production, which will push package delivery dates.

As soon as the weather improves in California, Olivarez will be able to provide us with a tentative pick up schedule. At this point, they’re considering a delay of up to 3 to 4 weeks on the original delivery date.

This delay affects all of our live bees pick up dates since we get started by delivering packages and make the nucs and starter hives from those same packages.

Olivarez confirms that this colder weather affects all of their California and Hawaii operations. It’s also affecting all queen producers in California and the USA Southern States. Trying to produce queens earlier would only generate low-quality, poorly mated queens.

Most queen producers will delay queen production until they can make sure the drone population will be good enough for mating queens. 

Cancellation offer (for limited time)

We understand that this delay on the delivery date may not work for all the beekeepers that placed an order with us.

For this reason, we would like to offer you the opportunity to cancel your order for a 100% refund. If you would like to cancel your order, please email us to livebees@beemaniacs.com before March 9, letting us know. We will cancel your order and issue the full refund.

After March 10, order cancelations will follow the original cancellation rules (packages and nucs will have the standard $50 non-refundable fee and starter hives will be non-cancelable).

This means that you have two options:

  1. Contact us to cancel your order before March 9, and we will issue a 100% refund.
  2. Keep your current order which will be delivered on a date to be determined later 

If you want to keep your current order, there’s no action required from you. You don’t need to send us an email to confirm you keep your order (you only need to email us before March 9 if you want to cancel the order). 

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by this schedule change. Beekeeping depends on the weather and in this case, we’re forced to delay the delivery date until high-quality bees can be produced.

New Beginning Beekeeping Class Available

Our first Beekeeping 101 class for March 31 has filled up, so we decided to open another Beekeeping 101 class on Sunday, April 7. This April 7 class will cover the exact same content than the class on March 31.

If you are starting beekeeping in 2019 we recommend you to take a class first.

Since most classes in the area are already fully booked, we will try to continue opening new Beekeeping 101 classes at BeeManiacs, trying to cover the needs of all new beekeepers in the area.

You can find more details about the April 7 class following this link: https://beemaniacs.com/event/beemaniacs-beekeeping-101-4-7-2019/

2019 Bees Available to Order Now!

You can start ordering bees for your 2019 season right now.

You can find information about packages, nucs and starter hives on each product page, including the current estimated pick up date.

If you order early, you can save. For example, the price for our high-quality packages from Olivarez Honey Bees is $150, but we will start with early purchase discounts. The first batch will sell for $130 and price will increase as we run out of bees on sale.

You can place orders here: https://beemaniacs.com/product-category/live-bees/

Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference

Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) is organizing a conference for those interested in bees and beekeeping. Topics include scientific and informational presentations for commercial and hobbyist beekeepers. The keynote, which is free and open to the public, will feature Sarah Red-Laird, whose non-profit “The Bee Girl Organization” (https://www.beegirl.org/) promotes honey bees and honey bee habitat.
The conference will be held February 9, 2019 at Eastern Washington University, Hargreaves Hall, 526 5th St., Cheney. Cost for WASBA members is $10; cost for non-members is $35.

The keynote address (11am-noon) is free and open to the public.
Event participants are invited to mingle and enjoy mead and honey-themed hors d’oeuvres at local venue The Mason Jar, 101 F St., Cheney, WA, immediately following the conference.

Cost $25.
Event registration can be found via WASBA’s website – www.wasba.org – or on Eventbrite – Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference (https://bit.ly/2RHBWky).

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food. Bee Girl projects are focused on regenerative beekeeping, bee habitat research and education, and kids’ programs. Ms. Red-Laird is a graduate of the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation,
focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. She is currently president- elect of the Western Apicultural Society.

Conference Speakers and Topics: Conference participants can choose from sessions in two tracks, one for scientific topics, the other for topics of general interest. Researchers from Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the University of Montana will present on topics including bee feeding and bee gut health, tracking disease and pest management with a cell phone app, and controlling varroa mites. Other topics include mead
making (presented by BeeManiacs staff), integrated pest management, and improving bee habitat through plant choices.

For more information: Contact Jenifer Priest – jenifer@wasba.org or 509-270-2603

New BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 Class

BeeManiacs staff volunteers teaching classes and presenting about beekeeping in several bee clubs and conferences, but year after year, we hear the same feedback:

  • There are not enough beginner bee classes available and some people have to start a beekeeping season without any class support. By the end of March, there are no more bee classes available and people that have already ordered live bees find themselves without training options.
  • Some people requested classes in a different schedule than the ones offered by local clubs.

We decided to offer for the first time, our own beginner beekeeping class: BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This class will cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping.

  • Different hive styles
  • Parts of the hive.
  • Beekeeping equipment options
  • Protective gear
  • Beekeeping tools
  • Basic honey bee biology – bee races
  • Apiary location
  • Installing your bees

Cost is $50 per person enrolled. Students that are 17 or younger can pay 50% of class fees (minors have to be accompanied by a paying adult).

Students that join this class will have priority and free access to shorter courses (regular fee is $5 per course) and to hands-on field days through the beekeeping season (about 6 hands-on field days during the season).

We have limited seats and you can book your ticket right now on this page:

BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 – 3/31/2019

The link below shows other events and optional classes that we will have during the season (we are constantly adding new classes):

https://beemaniacs.com/events/

BeeManiacs also offers free online education modules and free support through our forum system.