July 18, 2019 • Category: First Year
Pests. There are a host of them out to get your bees.
1-Hive beetles. Small black beetles. Often first noticed on the inner cover when you open the hive. Squash them with the hive tool. We’ve seen them but have not done anything but smash them. A strong hive will keep them in check. A weak hive lets them get out of control. Beetle traps can be useful.
2-Wax moths. These buggers will trash a hive. The larvae worm through and destroy the comb. Then they make web cocoons and even eat into the wood frames and boxes. A strong hive will keep them in check. A weak hive lets them get out of control.
3-Ants. I don’t know why the bees put up with them but they do. Cinnamon on the inner cover sometimes chases them away.
4-Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets in the late summer will attack hives. A reduced entrance lets the bees protect the hive better. That’s one reason we use the reducer-mouse guard we sell.
5-Mice. Another pest that I don’t know why the bees tolerate. Bees sting us, why not them? Anyway, they will move in in the fall. They will kill the hive. Use a mouse guard. The other reason we use the reducer-mouse guard we sell.
6-I’ve seen spiders. They eat a few bees. Roaches seem to just like to hang out. Daddy Long Legs eat bees. They aren't a spider by the way. Count the legs. Spiders have eight.
7-Skunks. We once trapped 9 of them out of hive yard. They’ll eat bees all night. If your hive are on two cinder blocks or equivalent height you should be OK. Never been bothered by other critters.
8-Honey bees. They will rob out weaker hives and kill the inhabitants. Reduce the entrance.
9-Mites. Public enemy #1. They are pictured in this post. I’ll devote a full email to this later.