I am from Northern Illinois and a 3rd year beekeeper. I started out with two hives and had up to four at one time. I am now down to one due to battles with mites and small hive beetles. Despite my losses I believe in the bees and what they are trying to teach me. Thus my handle True Beeliever. My research has led me to small cell and treatment free beekeeping.
I ordered one new package of small cell bees and I hope to catch some swarms this season.