Each time I go to deal with my Hives, I am sure Ill go there, find something new, or make a new observation. Sure, others have been there all before and can give me ideas.
I am sure someone could create a joke around ‘How many Apiarist it would take to change a light bulb’… But seeing I am joining the
Things for me to remember when Dealing with my Bee Hives
- Don’t put tools which you use IN the hive on top of another hive. While there are only trickles of honey on the tools it does tend to leave a very small residue which the ants pick up on very quickly. I was gone for about 10 mins after doing this, and the ants were ‘all over’ (that is, about 50 of em) the lid of the hive. I have placed ant pellets around the hive, but I am not sure how I feel about this approach.
- If any of the Frames inside the hive are damaged (or if the Wax has melted off of the frame), remove the entire frame straight away for mending. In the future, i shall have a few spare frames available in case I need to swap them in.
- When it comes to the Smoker, there IS a way to use it. I noticed that when I smoked the hive, they became quite pissed off. I was sure the idea of the Smoker was to calm em all down. What is going on? Apparently, I am supposed to wait a few minuets after smoking them, and when I do smoke them, I only need to puff them a few times and wait.