Testimonials about our Protocol and HBH:

“One of the best indications of a successful product is repeat business. Honey B Healthy is one of the most popular new products that we offer at www.bee-commerce.com. We have many satisfied, repeat customers. They have obviously determined that Honey B Healthy is a useful addition to their routine for keeping their bees healthy and productive.”

Howland Blackiston
Honey-B-Healthy Marketer
WoodsEnd, Inc.
11 Lilac Lane
Weston, CT 06883
e-mail blackiston@bee-commerce.com
website: http://www.bee-commerce.com/
President, www.bee-commerce.com

“My attention was caught by the first mention of essential oils in your first letter to the American Bee Journal.  I have been using it ever since in patties and syrup.  Of course, such use does not demonstrate its efficacy because this requires scientific Comparative studies. This has been provided by Dr. Amrine and yourself for several years and described for all beekeepers to see in your websites. It continues to be apparent that this matter of Non-hard chemical augmentation of mite control is not finished and likely will never be so we are fortunate that you have been able to continue this work.  It cannot be overemphasized that your efforts and results are not withheld until some end objective is reached but is passed on the beekeeping world in an almost real time way as your work progresses.  As you know, I have made a special point of keeping the members of our club, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, aware of your work and your website. Also, I ordinarily don't use smoke except when I encounter a colony, which is excessively defensive. In this situation, I obtain better results with H-B-H syrup spray than with smoke. I ordinarily introduce queens with a Thurber Long Cage but when I used direct introduction with H-B-H syrup spray, the queen was accepted immediately."


Dan Hendricks
4245 89th Ave. S. E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
E-mail Address(es):
danhendan@yahoo.com

 
“I treated my bees with the formic acid this past summer and I believe they went into this winter with bigger clusters than they have in several years. I used the Honey-B-Healthy in the formic acid mix with the fumigators; I made 5 fumigators last winter. I used 65cc, 75 cc and on some 85 cc of 50% FORMIC, with  10% Honey-B-Healthy added to the mix. The next day I had dead mites on the bottoms of the hives. I also used the Honey-B-Healthy in the sugar syrup. I fed the bees in the spring to get the splits built up; all of my early splits did well. They made 2 supers of honey each, which I left one for them to winter on. This winter has been extremely warm, so I have been feeding some of my hives Honey-B-Healthy. I will need some more of the HBH, I will notify you later.”

 
GRAHAM DAWSON
RR 2 Box 137E
Dublin, VA 24084
E-mail Address(es):
gfdawson@i-plus.net

“As you know, we have used this product for two years. It has proved to be effective in reducing mite populations in all my hives (18) during this period. I have used it both in feeding and in spray to use as a calming agent. Honey-B-Healthy was used in both sugar water and high fructose corn syrup feed in times of no nectar. I use Honey-B-Healthy in a solution of corn syrup or sugar water in place of smoke, working with my bees. The swarms are much easier to hive with this solution. Bees remain calmer during normal yard work using this spray. I would recommend this product to anyone who is planning to keep bees.”

 
John Slawter
BeeBox Honey$Samples
Hammar Dr. P.O. Box 74
Aurora, WV 26705
E-mail Address(es):
jmslawter@iceweb.net

“During my preliminary experimentation with a new method of applying 60% formic acid for mite control, I encountered queen loss in one out of four initial hives treated. After adding 10% HBH to 50% formic acid for all of my subsequent treatments (24 hives, 2-3 times each), I observed no further queen loss. This property of HBH deserves additional observation.” 

Tony Delia
Redding, Connecticut

"I fed Honey-B-Healthy to seven swarms during the spring of 1999 and had never seen colonies buildup so rapidly and draw out such beautiful comb. The feeding mix did not spoil, keeping the jars clean with no fungus buildup in containers kept for extended periods of time. Also, the brood cappings are nicely rounded with a light color with healthy bees hatching." 

Tom Sisler
Former Bee Inspector
15 Cemetery Rd.
Oldtown, MD 

"I fed essential oils (wintergreen and spearmint) along with Apistan to colonies on the verge of collapse from Varroasis for 21 days. On the 22nd day we opened hundreds of cells and found no Varroa and the colonies were healthy." Also, I use wintergreen/salt patties and have had no Tracheal mite losses for the past four years. The patties also knock down Varroa during the winter when no brood is present.” 

Harry Mallow
Former Bee Inspector
Valley Rd.
Cumberland, MD 21502

"I really do believe in HBH along with regular use of wintergreen grease patties - they are the backbone on reviving and sustaining honey bees at my apiary here in the Mountains of Maryland. They work wonders in combating the Varroa mite. The HBH maintains the colonies health while the wintergreen grease patties controls the mites. At this time, I would like to give you an update on the status of my honey bee colonies having utilized your ‘Four-Part Protocol’ re maintaining healthy colonies this past season.” 

Becky DeWitt
Kitzmiller, Maryland
E-mail Address(es):
bmprhc@pennswoods.net

“I am extremely pleased to inform you that the health of my colonies, as we enter the winter season, is the best I have ever seen! This, I believe, is partly attributable to my improved beekeeping abilities and increased attention to my hives.  It is also partly due to the introduction of ‘West Virginia Queens’ to my colonies, which exhibit a mite resistance/tolerance trait.  But, more importantly, you’re suggested protocol and the use of essential oils rather than chemical treatments is, in my opinion, what has really made a difference to their well-being this past year! Since last March, I have used your Honey-B-Healthy product in my sugar/water mixture and continued to do so any time I supplemented a hive's feeding. Although I did not utilize your wintergreen grease patties (I didn't know this product was available!?!), I did follow your suggested ‘recipe’, made my own and placed them under the inner covers according to your protocol. Furthermore, I installed screened bottom boards as well and intend to leave them on over the winter as recommended by George Clutter, WV Dept. of Agriculture Bee Inspector. I began the Spring Season with two (2) colonies that had over-wintered.  I started two (2) new colonies in May with divisions from these hives and a WV Queen.  My fifth hive resulted from a swarm that emerged from one of my two original colonies in late July.  All five hives were, at last inspection  performed in early December, doing excellent!  When installing my new WV Queens, I used your Honey-B-Healthy product as suggested and these queens were immediately accepted by the colonies.  And, even though it was late in the summer for establishing the swarm, I literally "bombarded" the colony with supplemental feedings that included H-B-H at an amount greater than your recommendations included with the Four Part Protocol. Throughout the spring and summer, I paid particular attention to removing any and all capped, drone cells that I could find. The result of all this was to find, time and time again upon my regular/full hive inspections, extremely low drone populations and, most importantly, almost NO sign of Varroa mite infestation!!!  The egg laying patterns exhibited by my queens were magnificent with full, elliptical-shaped patterns of capped brood!  Not once did I find any signs of physical deformities with any emerging honey bees! Suffice it to say, this past year has been a most enjoyable one for me!  Being only my third full season/year as a beekeeper, this has really motivated me to expand my apiary with next year's season.  And, I give your Honey-B-Healthy product and recommended Four Part Protocol much of the credit for the improved and sustained health of my colonies. You’ve made a believer out of me!!! Thanks, again, for your support and dedication to our honey bees' overall health and well-being.  In my opinion, you, along with Dr. Amrine and others within your "inner circle" have made a significant contribution to the beekeeping industry in general and the "avocation" I love in particular.

Kevin K. Griffith
P O BX  2251
RR 1  BX  455
CLARKSBURG  WV   26302-2251
(304) 622-8000

"I use the HBH at 1 teaspoon to a quart and find the bees readily draw out comb on plastic frames faster than they will on wax foundation fed regular sugar syrup. I also re-queened a nasty hive of Buckfast and used HBH - 4 teaspoons per quart sprayed on the bees to calm the hive and they accepted the new queen readily in direct release."

"I've started feeding again and have been using the HBH since about January 1, 2003. This winter is going well for my bees, and I'm pretty sure the HBH is a part of my wintering success. Last winter I started with 55 colonies and ended with 25 - a disaster. What's worse is that some of the 25 were so weak that they got taken over by Africanized bees. This year, I started with 42. I now have 44! 30 are 8-10 frames or better, which will enable me to rent them to the almonds for top dollar. The others are receiving weekly HBH and seem to be coming on strong. The HBH has also been an advantage in requeening the Africanized colonies. It seems to calm them (a little, kind of, sort of...), but mostly it is beneficial in wiping out their pheromones. My take rate with these colonies introducing new Italian queens has been 100% when I use the HBH. I understand that this is way above normal; and might be an additional benefit of HBH. I normally introduce the queens indirectly in cages. I introduce the new queens at the same time I find and kill the old ones. I spray HBH (3-4 tsp per quart) on the queen cage, then on the frames of brood immediately on either side of where I place the cage, then a general blast in the upper and lower box. I have not lost a queen yet with this method."
M. Mosco
CALIFORNIA March 2003

Jeff Longstaff
14353 U.S. Rt.30
Forest, OH 45843

“I read in the speedy bee the other day that the mites are getting immune to the coumaphos strips. I have not looked at your website yet about the mixture for patties, but will after sending this to you. After checking all the yards about half of them had eaten all of the HBH corn syrup, some had eaten about half and some hadn't eaten any. However the hives that didn't take the syrup were full of honey, where they got it from after Nov. is anybodies guess. [All our hives are looking real good except one yard, and that was damaged before the late fall feeding (Nov. - Dec).]  I think for my own use I'm going to work hard at getting them to take the wintergreen/salt patty mix, and try that as soon as possible. The last couple of years I haven't had much luck with all the hives taking all the patties. The stronger hives would generally take all of it, but the weaker ones would not, only a portion of it. And by weaker ones I mean smaller, not sick colonies. Thanks again for all your work and effort to make products that are chemical-free and a definite help and booster to the bee industry.” 

Note: Stronger colonies with more bees will consume treatments more rapidly. Colonies that are honey bound will not take additional syrup.

Al Haarsma
126 32nd Street S. E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

" I erroneously thought that I could see the varrora and could gauge the infestation by what I could see.... hard to admit that now. Anyway, after one use of the formic fumigator on a strong hive several hundred mites fell onto the sticky board in less than 24 hours; I became a believer. I tested 10 colonies with the fumigator and formic alone and lost two queens, and then tested 10 colonies with Honey-B-Healthy added to the formic and lost no queens. I saw no negative affect on the colonies treated with HBH-FA; only excellent mite kill showing hundreds of dead varroa on the sticky boards."

David Christian,
Sommerville, TN.

 
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