Bait Hives

  • 09 Sep 2023 11:05 AM
    Reply # 13252247 on 13247207

    Thanks for your responses and advice!

  • 07 Sep 2023 5:43 PM
    Reply # 13251604 on 13247207

    Nikki, locating a hive in full sun isn't normally harmful to a colony of bees.  And, it is a benefit in the winter. In central Oregon it is recommended that you locate your hives in as much sun as you can in the winter to take advantage of the heat provided. I don't worry too much about an hour or two of shade, but more sun is better in the in the winter.  Most people don't want to have to move their hive to a different place twice a year, another reason to locate them in the sun all the time.  You could put a piece of plywood bigger than the top of the hive on top, that would provide some shade. but, again, full sun is not normally harmful.

  • 06 Sep 2023 1:58 PM
    Reply # 13250998 on 13247207

    I'm not sure why they left.  It could be a combination of things.  I've had one issue after another this season.  I conducted mite counts, treated, replaced the queen and fed them and they just never bounced right back.  I'm going to try a different location next year for starters.  I had them in direct sun exposure all day and wondering if that could have contributed to the myriad of possibilities.

  • 01 Sep 2023 1:59 AM
    Reply # 13248839 on 13247207

    That is sad, Niki.

    To help those of us with a lot to learn can you say, they didn't swarm off and leave half the colony

    . . . they all left?

    Were they crowded? Pest infested?

    Had you recently used a harsh mite treatment?

    Can some mentor say, from how far off does a bait trap work?  Seems you'd need to know where they absconded to and put the box quite near them.


    Last modified: 01 Sep 2023 2:00 AM | Tim Rubin
  • 31 Aug 2023 9:21 PM
    Reply # 13248810 on 13247207
    Allen Engle (Administrator)

    Hello Nikki, What's your question?  Bait hives do work, though not always, for swarms.


    Allen Engle

  • 29 Aug 2023 7:48 AM
    Message # 13247207

    My bees have absconded!  Anyone have experience with bait hives?


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