A heatwave can also take its toll on bees. When that happens, bees collect at the front of the hive to ventilate the bee nest together.
A heatwave can also take its toll on bees. When that happens, bees collect at the front of the hive to ventilate the bee nest together. Cooling down the beehive requires a lot of energy so Nectarist gladly offers you some tips on how to guide the bees through these sweltering days. Doesn't matter whether you're a beekeeper or a bee lover.
1. It is better to install your hives in a shady environment, especially when the midday sun starts to rise high up in the sky. The less sun that hits the hive directly, the better. For example, you can place a parasol near the beehives to block the sun rays.
2. Get your hives off the ground to provide a beneficial air circulation around the hives. Also open the flight opening as much as possible and remove the Varroa tray from the bottom. It guarantees a lot of fresh air in the bee's hives.
3. Extra insulation under the roof is also recommended. It not only keeps the heat in, but also out. Just like our own homes actually.
1. Buzzing around in hot temperatures makes bees thirsty so they also crave for a pinch of water. Create your own 'bee bar' by adding some water in a bowl. Put some stone branches or marbles in this stone, to provide a convenient and safe landing space.
An example of a 'bee bar' can be found here: https://bit.ly/2M86lZU