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Bees eating hive paint


#1

Just wondering if bees appearing to be eating the white latex paint by the hive entrance is a problem. At first I was not sure what they where picking on but two days later they had it down to bare wood. This does not seem to be normal to me. Any ideas?


#2

Rusty Burlew of honeybeesuite.com has commented on this. She painted an entrance reducer. The bees objected and stripped it down to bare wood! :smile:
http://honeybeesuite.com/entrance-reducers-can-annoy-your-honey-bees/

So I would say it is normal behavior. As many plants contain latex, or substances similar to latex (including avocado), I don’t think it will hurt the bees.

I wouldn’t worry about it.


#3

Thanks. They are chewing on the side of the entrance that they seem to be using exclusively to lave and enter.


#4

How large is your entrance? Do you have a reducer in? They may be trying to enlarge the entrance instead of stripping the paint specifically.


#5

I took out the reduced 4 weeks ago.