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Always Summer Herbs, 199 Magill Rd, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057, United States
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Jeffrey Berta

 

Bee Information
Bees for sale?
  • Queens
  • Nucs
What characteristics do you use to select your breeding stock?
Mite-biting behavior, gentleness, overwintering and honey production.
Where is the source of your bees and what strain(s) are they?
PURDUE mite biters and mite mauler italians
Where do the bees overwinter?
In Slippery Rock Pennsylvania for breeding and nuc stock. Some bees go south for plum pollination.
Do the bees spend the whole season in your home location? If not, where do they go and when, and for how long?
Majority of bee stay in western Pennsylvania. 50 colonies go to Florida and Ohio for pollination. 90 percent stay in PA.
Do you monitor for varroa mites? How and how often?
Every Monday we alcohol wash for mites a statistically representative number of colonies in our yards, we rotate sampling locations.
Have your hives been inspected by an inspector?
Yes.
Anything else?
We sample mites on the bottom board and look for mite chewing percentages every few weeks. And we compare that to alcohol wash counts for final selection. All breeder queens have both alcohol wash and chewing percentage data. IPM soft treatments used by USDA and Purdue standards.
Contact Information
Phone: (724) 967-1957
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