Rich’s Hive-Inspection Tool Box

These are the implements I always have handy during a hive inspection:

  • Two types of hive tools, one with a hook
  • Serrated knife for sculpting comb
  • Scratcher for testing drones for mites
  • Three colors of thumb tacks stuck into some type of holder (a cork, soft wood scrap, etc.)
  • My record book, noting day and date of inspection (with help of a calendar pasted inside the cover)
  • Black marking-pen and a regular pen
  • Painter’s tape for marking outside of hive box–e.g., “honey super 30% full,” etc.
  • Bee brush
  • Smoker
  • One or more wooden nuc boxes to temporarily hold the queen frame and other frames


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