If you don’t have an effective hive care plan, your bees will soon become a problem. Here we provide a comprehensive guide to the basics of hive care for adults. From caring for the queen and Varroa mites to improving pollen production, this guide covers everything you need to know to keep your bees healthy and happy.
What are Hives?
Hives are a type of bee that live in colonies. They are brown or black, and their wings have white veins. Hives look like small, black circles with a yellow halo around them.
What Causes Hives
Some things that can cause bees to become hive-minded include being exposed to pollen or nectar from another bee, being stung by a bee, or being infected with the Varroa mite. If any of these things occur, the honeybee may become agitated and start building nests.
How to Detect and treat Hives.
Hives are a sign of an infestation and should be treated as such.
To detect and treat the hive, look for signs of activity such as:
- A increase in honey production
- A build-up of pollen or wax on the inside of the hive
- Excessive combs on the comb-Reduced queen population
- Lack of honey or pollen in the hive.
How to Treat Hives in adults
If you notice any of the above signs, take action to treat the hive as follows:
- Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out all of the honey and wax from the hive
- Release all of the bees from the hive by providing them with Hive Rescue (a product made by Bayer) or an electric shock device
- Apply an insecticide or paint to the outside of the hive
How to Prevention Hives.
Children at risk for developing honey fever should never go outside and should avoid contact with any animals, including bees. If you do find a bee, try to remove the bee as quickly as possible by stirring it with a spoon or your hand, and if that is not possible then flush the area with water. If you must handle a bee, wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling it.
If you are pregnant or have children under the age of 12 years old, follow these tips:-Avoid contact with any animals-Stay away from areas where bees may be present-Avoid drinking or eating honey while pregnant or nursing-Vaccine your baby with a maternal health vaccine to prevent the development of honey fever.
How to Prevention Hives in adults
If you are infected with honey fever, there are several ways to treat it. You can drink a healthy amount of fluids, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid contact with bees, and take antibiotics if needed.
Detaching hives is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent honeybee colony collapse. By preventing hives from forming, you can help keep your hive healthy and safe. There are a few ways to do this, including:- Detection and treatment of hive problems early on in the colony collapse process.- Keeping the brood space clean and free of pests and diseases.- Enabling access to the queen/pollen collection area only when needed.- Inducing male workers to raid other colonies for new queens.