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How To Prevent Bees From Leaving Your Hive
There is nothing more disappointing than the honey bees leaving your hive. This can have a bad impact on your apiculture business. Honey bees may leave all at once (including queen, workers and drones) or they might split. This can happen due to a variety of reasons; this includes uncomfortable hives, strong winds, predators, bad chemical odors, etc.
How to Prevent Honey Bees from Leaving Your Hive
· Make the hive a comfortable place for bees
· Minimize disturbance
· Keep predators away
· Control temperature and humidity
· Supply enough food and water
· Do not keep the beehive in strong winds
Make the Hive A Comfortable Place for Bees
A bee needs a comfortable hive and they will fly away if anything goes wrong. One of the main problems with the new hives is the odor and smell of paints, wood, and glue. So it is advised to keep the hive free from any paints and smell.
If it is necessary to paint the box, then expose it to dry air so that any smell drives away. To suppress the odor of lumber or glue, you can use natural scents like lemongrass.
Another thing you can try is to lock the queen of the colony so that the workers are forced to stay in the hive.
Bees like to be left alone so that they can work peacefully. Frequent disturbance might result in the bees leaving the hive. So leave the bees alone so that they can work efficiently.
Keep Predators Away
Large animals can easily destroy your beehive. They can eat the honey and bees, so keep them away. Animals that can destroy your beehives include raccoons, mice, bear and shrunk.
Control the Temperature And Humidity
You also need to control the temperature of the hive. Both extreme hot and extremely cold conditions are harmful to the bees. Also, keep an eye on the humidity conditions. You can keep the hive in the shade to protect it from high temperature. Also, keep an eye on moisture and water as such conditions can easily kill bees.
Install the hive in an inclined position to provide proper drainage.
Supply Enough Food And Water
A large colony of bees can easily make their own food. But if your bee colony is small, the workers of the colony may not be able to collect enough food for the whole colony. This is one of the main reasons why the colony decides to move away.
Keep an eye on your bees and check if they are getting enough of their necessities. You can provide them with feed syrup to keep the bees active.
Do Not Keep the Beehive in Strong Winds
The hive may swing if it is placed in the direction of strong winds. This causes disturbance to the honey bees. So install wind barriers if your hive is in the direction of the wind.
Bees absconding is not a good thing for your business. But the best part is that you can easily control this situation and can save your bees from running away.
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