Lyson New Zealand Frequently Asked Questions

Honey & Pollen

How to Properly Store Honey?

Honey possesses an infinite shelf life since it is the sole food item that cannot deteriorate. Due to the inability of bacteria to thrive in honey, it remains consumable for centuries on end.

What is the best way to store honey long term?

The most appropriate location for storing honey is at room temperature, with the kitchen pantry being an optimal storage spot.

Why does honey crystallize & how to decrystallize honey?

Natural crystallization is a typical occurrence in raw honey that has aged, and it’s entirely safe for consumption. But, if you don’t like the texture or prefer liquid honey, simply place the jar in warm water (with the lid or cap off) and stir the contents until the crystals dissolve. Refrigeration should be avoided, as it can hasten the crystallization process.

Does pollen cause hay fever?

Pollen can have both beneficial and adverse effects on individuals suffering from hay fever. Although it can be an irritant for some, consuming locally sourced pollen can aid in building immunity to the airborne pollen present in your vicinity.

Bees & Beekeeping

Why do bees swarm? What should I do if I find a swarm of bees?

Honey bees engage in swarming as part of their reproductive cycle where they search for a new location to establish a hive, usually in the spring. During swarming, the Queen bee and about 60% of the worker bees leave the old hive and cluster on a nearby tree or shrub, while scout bees search for a suitable new home. Once a new location is found, the swarm moves to that place and begins building their new hive.

Although swarms of bees can be intimidating due to their large numbers, they are usually not aggressive unless provoked. If you encounter a swarm, it’s best to keep your distance and let them do their thing. If the swarm settles in an inconvenient location, like your home, it’s advisable to contact a beekeeper from the WA Apiarist Society to safely relocate them.

If you have a beehive near your location that you want to remove, it’s best to call a local beekeeper from the WA Apiarist Society. It’s not recommended to try removing the bees yourself or exterminating the colony. Since bee populations are decreasing, it’s vital to have them relocated professionally instead of destroyed.

What is royal jelly made up of?

Worker bees produce royal jelly, a highly nutritious substance used to feed larvae and the adult queen bee, from glands located in their heads. Royal jelly is also used to create a new queen when the colony requires it. Worker bees carefully select certain larvae and feed them significant amounts of royal jelly, which prompts the development of queen-like characteristics, including the ability to lay eggs.

While royal jelly is available for purchase as a supplement for both dietary and beauty purposes, it is not as abundant as honey and requires substantial effort for beekeepers to harvest sustainably.

If you’re interested in incorporating royal jelly into your diet or beauty regimen, it’s crucial to understand the production process and the efforts involved in collecting it ethically.

Why do bees make honey?

Just like humans, bees also have a liking for honey and store it in their hive as a food source.

How do bees communicate with each other?

Bees are highly social insects that use advanced communication signals to convey important information to other members of their colony. These signals are mostly delivered through a variety of dances, such as:

Is the world losing bees & why is the bee population declining?

Unfortunately, the decline of the bee population worldwide is a worrisome issue. The unsettling trend of extensive mortality among honey bees is concerning. Although the exact reasons for this trend are not entirely clear, it is widely believed that factors like climate change, genetically modified crops, and the use of harsh pesticides in agriculture are contributing to this decline.

How Do Bees Affect Our Food Supply?

Bees play a vital role in our food supply as they pollinate at least 80% of the total insect-pollinated plants that form a third of our diet. By gathering pollen to feed their young, they fertilize each flowering plant and ensure the growth of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. In fact, one bee can pollinate around 18,000 flowers per day. Without bees, the entire food chain would be affected worldwide, as there would be no pollination, which means no more plants and no more animals.

Do beekeepers always get stung?

Although bee stings are commonplace, it’s uncommon for beekeepers to experience them. Our selectively bred bees possess a docile temperament, which usually makes them amenable when their hives are being tended to. Our beekeepers have also cultivated a unique connection with their bees, enabling them to read their nonverbal cues and discern when it’s best to keep a safe distance. Despite this, we still take precautions by donning protective gear to mitigate the risk of getting stung. Occasionally, however, a bee might still find a way to sneak in a sting.

How to become a Beekeeper?

While formal credentials are not mandatory to work in the field of beekeeping, individuals may want to consider pursuing a Certificate III in Beekeeping to keep up-to-date with the latest industry techniques and information. Additionally, one could opt to seek out a seasoned commercial beekeeper for either work experience or informal on-the-job training.

Why buy Lyson products?

All Lyson products are tested for quality and are made with high quality components.

Starting with Beekeeping

What equipment do I need to start beekeeping?

It’s worth mentioning that some beekeeping equipment lists may exaggerate the amount of gear you actually need. Many of these lists are simply duplicates of generic ones and could result in you acquiring unnecessary equipment. It’s better to begin with the bare essentials, such as protective clothing, a smoker, and a hive tool, and only purchase additional items when you have a genuine need for them.

It’s easy to get caught up in advertising or recommendations and end up buying things that aren’t really required. Therefore, it’s best to exercise patience, conserve your money, and storage space. You can acquire a hive and feeder later on after receiving trustworthy advice.

How much spare equipment should I have?

It’s always a good idea to keep a surplus of beekeeping equipment on hand for several reasons, including the expansion of your collection, replacing worn-out items, or dealing with unexpected situations. If you have access to a nearby supplier for equipment, you need not worry too much about it.

However, in the early stages of your beekeeping venture, it’s pragmatic to have an additional floor, brood box, and ample frames to fill it. It’s also useful to have the foundation stocked up, but ensure that you store it properly to prevent any damage or decay.

How do I obtain bees ?

There are three ways to acquire bees, each with its own set of opportunities and difficulties. The first two involve bees on frames, so there’s no need to rush. However, if you choose the third option without frames, you’ll need to act fast. It’s always wise to seek advice from experienced beekeepers regardless of the method you choose.

The initial approach is to obtain a full colony, which may or may not include a hive. This can be accomplished by reducing the bee population, finding a beekeeper who is quitting, or a kind beekeeper who wants to assist you. If you haven’t inspected a colony on your own, it’s recommended that you seek assistance to examine its condition, and there may be honey supers present.

The second option is to acquire a nucleus, which is a small colony containing around 4-6 frames, a queen, and in balance, ready to be transferred into a full hive to develop into a full colony. This is the most popular starting point for beginners.

Finally, some beekeepers begin with a swarm, which may not be everyone’s preference but is still a feasible alternative. You’ll learn a lot about beekeeping with this method, and as long as you hive the swarm sensibly, there should be minimal issues. One of the best ways to get a swarm is to put your name on the list of beekeeping organizations that offer swarms. Once you hear about a swarm, there may be a sense of urgency, but someone will usually help you collect it and hive it at no cost.