Early Fall Open Feeding

By Melissa Dupuis | September 18, 2022 |

During the months of August, September and October when there are fewer flowers in bloom it may be necessary to feed the bees sugar syrup. It’s a method used by beekeepers to help the bees in their preparation for winter. Because Maine summers are so short and, more recently, hotter, and its duration extending into October when there…

We’re Moving to Freeport, Maine!

By Hazel Holmes | January 10, 2022 |

We’re moving January 17, 2022 the Big Indian, 125 U.S. Route One, Freeport, ME 04032. Studio access is at the right, rear of the building behind Great Stuff.

Maine Street Bee Upgrades Eco-Friendly Packaging For Paw Protector & Lip Balm Products

By Melissa Dupuis | September 25, 2019 |

Through our dedication to providing eco-friendly packaging and our willingness to make room for improvement in functionality, we are so excited to announce and launch our beautiful, new compostable paperboard push-up tubes! Using the same great recipes, our Lip Balms and Paw Protector are not only pretty to look at but they pass the functionality…

All in A Day’s Work

By Melissa Dupuis | May 22, 2019 |

Being a beekeeper people ask me a lot of questions about bees and I find it difficult to answer without the explanation leading to other bee factoids.  There are so many interesting bits of information about bees! So, on my blog I’d like to demystify bees beginning with the dandelion bloom. I began seeing the…

Common weed killer linked to bee deaths

By Melissa Dupuis | September 26, 2018 |

This article in Science Daily talks about how the world’s most widely used weed killer may also be indirectly killing bees. New research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible…

Safe, Bee-Friendly Pesticides

By Melissa Dupuis | June 15, 2018 |

Looking for a way to fight pests or weeds in your garden? Many popular insecticides and weed killers are labeled as nontoxic and “biodegradable,” but recent science has shown otherwise. Studies have shown that when a bee lands on a flower treated with many popular and much-advertised pesticides, they attack the bee’s central nervous system,…

Lawns for Bees

By Melissa Dupuis | June 15, 2018 |

Want to make your lawn a great place to encourage bees to visit? Here are a few ideas to set you on your way to  creating a lawn that has some features which are great for bees and other wildlife. As you’ll see, creating a lawn which is beneficial for bees does not only have…

8 Ways to Attract Bees and Butterflies

By Melissa Dupuis | June 15, 2018 |

Be a good neighbor to struggling pollinators by turning your outdoor space into a safe haven. It’s true that no one person can single-handedly restore the monarch butterfly, cure bat-killing fungus, reverse the honeybees’ downward spiral—and save agriculture as we know it. But as we work on the larger issues at play, like climate change…