Pros And Cons Of Rooftop BeeHives
Rooftop hives are getting quite common these days. Whenever we are looking for a new location for our beehive, we generally consider rooftop for this purpose. Of course, you can keep your beehive on your rooftop as it is a discrete location, but there are also few disadvantages which you should keep in your mind if you are thinking of placing your beehive on your rooftop.
So today, we are going to discuss the major pros and cons of rooftop hives, which will help you decide whether it is a good idea or not.
· Less disturbance because of bees- Beekeepers generally keep their beehive in a corner of their yard. But a beehive entrance is very busy during the bees working hours, that is the daytime. Workers bees keep on flying in and out of the beehive to collect food and other necessary items. This means a constant furry of bees in your yard that makes the place undesirable. There are also chances of getting stung by the guard bees if you will go close to their hive. Overall keeping a beehive in your yard simply means giving some area of your property to the bees. But in the case of rooftop hives, there is no such problem. The beehive in on your rooftop is easily accessible by the bees and there is a much lesser chance of a clash between the two of you.
· Rooftop Hives are generally unnoticed - When you place your hive on the rooftop, it generally goes unnoticed by everyone. This means neighbors are no longer going to complain you about your bees entering their property.
· It keeps your colony protected from hive beetles - Hive beetles are generally a big problem for the beekeepers as they can destroy the colony in a very small time. But hive beetles are pests that live in soil and when your hive in on the roof, there is very less chance of hive beetles attack on your hive.
Now coming to the cons, there are obviously some cons as well in addition to the advantages. Let’s have a look at them.
· It’s dangerous - We are not talking about getting stung by the bees. From the terms danger, we mean falling when trying to climb your rooftop, especially if it is slanted. You have to keep an eye on your beehive to make sure they are healthy and happy. This means you need to go to the rooftop every day and climbing a ladder wearing a bee suit increases the chance of falling.
· Lifting heavy weight is challenging - When your hive is on the rooftop, you need to carry heavy equipment while wearing the bee suit on a regular basis. This is a challenging task and is also dangerous. You might hurt yourself badly if you fall down the ladder or roof.
These are some of the main pros and cons of a rooftop hive and now you can make the decision whether your roof is a perfect place for your hives or not.