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How To Survive Nectar Dearth In Beekeeping
What is Nectar Dearth?
Nectar dearth can be an extremely destructive thing for any bee colony and every beekeeper from experienced ones to the beginners needs to know how to control it. Nectar dearth is a very common cause for the destruction of a bee colony. This can have a really bad effect on your business.
Why Dearth Condition Arises
The dearth of nectar in simple words is a condition in which bees are not able to get sufficient food for their survival. During nectar dearth bees are unable to collect enough nectar from the plants. Dearth is caused mainly by weather conditions. It can arise because of high temperature and little to no rainfall. Dearth is a devastating condition because the bees do not get enough food and energy, which makes them weak and it ultimately causes their death.
Most commonly the nectar dearth conditions arise either in extreme summer when the temperature is too high or during the months of winter.
How to Spot Nectar Dearth
Nectar dearth can be easily spotted just by observing some simple signs of your bees. These signs include
· Your honey bees will be louder than normal; you will see them more bothered.
· They will become aggressive
· Bees will start flying lower than normal during the condition of nectar dearth. You will see them checking the same flower more than once in search of nectar.
· Bees from other colonies will try to steal the nectar stored in your beehive.
What You Have to Do in A Dearth Condition
Though the nectar dearth is an uncontrollable condition as you cannot change the weather or temperature neither you can make the flowers to produce more amount of nectar. However, there are some simple and easy steps which you can follow to make the conditions more comfortable for your honey bees.
The best thing you can do is to save food for the dearth conditions. When you are harvesting honey, make sure you do not drain the hive completely. Leave a good amount of food for your bees in reserve.
Also, make sure you have only one entrance to the hive. If your hive has multiple entrances close all the other entrance and just leave one open. By minimizing the entrance to the hive you can protect your beehive from robbers like yellow jackets.
You can also feed sugar syrup to your weak honey bees so that they can get sufficient energy for their everyday tasks.
Things to Avoid During A Nectar Dearth
Some things to avoid during nectar dearth conditions are
· Stop harvesting honey, trying to harvest honey during nectar dearth conditions can badly damage your bee colony.
· Never leave your hive open. If you are checking your beehive, make sure you do not leave it open under any circumstance. This will open up doors for the robber bees and wasps.
So these are some simple tips to follow during nectar dearth, and it will help your bees in surviving this devastating situation.
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