How do I stop condensation in my bee hives?

You may use an empty beehive box to hold the absorption filler material in place over the top of the beehive. When there is a lot of moisture in the beehive, the absorbent material takes some moisture in and prevents condensation from happening. During dry weather conditions, the air in the beehive gets less humid.

What’s inside a beehive?

Hive is used to describe an artificial/man-made structure to house a honey bee nest. The nest’s internal structure is a densely packed group of hexagonal prismatic cells made of beeswax, called a honeycomb. The bees use the cells to store food (honey and pollen) and to house the brood (eggs, larvae, and pupae).

Are pollen patties good for bees?

Bees need protein, so you can also feed them pollen patties if necessary. You can purchase them or make them from a dry powder. Place the pollen patty on the top bars. Pollen is essential for early spring brood rearing, so if you’re worried about your bees, use pollen patties in early spring.

How do I get rid of bee pheromones?

After the comb is removed, wash the walls with either ammonia or bleach to remove the pheromones the bees have put on the wood and in the wax left in the wood. The removal of these pheromones reduces the potential for attracting the bees back to this wall.

Can bee hives get wet?

Moisture in the hive is not a good thing. Disease organisms, fungi, and molds thrive in moist environments and, in cold weather, water droplets can drip down on the bees and chill the brood. Bees can do really well in cold temperatures, but cold and wet is a different story.

Should I insulate my bee hives?

Wrap your hives ā€“ You really only need to wrap your hives if you live in a northern climate. Once the temperatures start to dip below freezing during the day, you may want to consider wrapping with either tar paper or a Bee Cozy Wrap. NEVER wrap your hive with tightly-wrapped plastic, as it will suffocate your bees.

Do bees lay eggs in Honeycomb?

The life cycle of all insects, including honey bees, begins with eggs. During the winter season, a queen forms a new colony by laying eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs will hatch into female worker bees, while unfertilized eggs will become drones or honey bee males.

What does a healthy beehive look like?

They should be pearly white and curled in a ā€œCā€ shape. Discolored, twisted, melted or malformed looking larvae are signs of brood disease or parasites. When the larvae is very young, it will float in a pool of royal jelly. The more generous the pool of royal jelly, the healthier the colony.

When should I stop feeding my bee pollen patties?

As you can see, maintaining a sizable brood nest all winter long may not be the best thing for your bees, so it follows that stimulating brood production too early may not be wise. My rule of thumb for a hobby beekeeper is to withhold pollen substitute until after the winter solstice.

How do you substitute bees for pollen?

Take some vitamin C tablets and crush into a powder. Add one teaspoon of crushed vitamin C for every six cups of mix. Thoroughly combine the ingredients. In the winter, the dry mix can sprinkled on the top bars or put in a feeder above the brood box.

How long does a bee hive last?

Honey bee hives constantly raise new queens to replace the old ones. The queen bee, if a good one, can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day. So the worker bees are replaced as well. As long as the bees have good honey stores and are able to fight off disease they can live in a place indefinitely.