While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.
Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip probelms in the buda and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you thorugh 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference."
James E. Tew has been keeping bees for over 40 years. He has a Ph.D. in Entomology and is currently a Consulting Professor at Auburn University, where he conducts beekeeping educational programs and maintains social media systems that support the Alabama beekeeping industry. Recently retired from The Ohio State University, where he worked for 33 years as an Associate Professor focusing on pollination ecology and the use of honeybees and native bees as pollination agents, James gives lectures and workshops for beekeepers in the US and UK, runs the website One Tew Bee (www.onetew.com), and has written numerous books, including Wisdom for Beekeepers, as well as articles for Bee Culture magazine.
"Many introductory works on beekeeping discuss some of the issues that may surface with a new hive, but this single volume covers the 100 most general beekeeping problems and their solutions. Tew, an entomologist and consulting-professor at Auburn University in Alabama, bee blogger, and author (Wisdom for Beekeepers), has worked with bees for almost 40 years and draws from both personal and professional experience. Chapters are divided into basic areas such as equipment, queen production, pest control, and producing honey. Within each section, issues are laid out as questions in lay terms, such as "I don't know where to get my first bees", "Wasps are attacking the bees", and "Honey has granulated in the comb". The author accompanies each problem with a cause and solution; full-colour photographs and a glossary provide additional information. VERDICT Newer beekeepers looking for a quick reference guide will find that this book covers most common problems. Experienced beekeepers may want more specific works."
– Library Journal