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Protection from pesticides


#1

I live in an area where farmers occasionally spray crops and pastures. Many of these are deadly at spraying, but are ok for bees within a couple of days. So I would need some kind of net in which to enclose my hive for a couple of days, until the danger passes. Shutting the hive entrance might cause the hive to overheat. Does anyone know of any nets of this kind which are commercially available?


#2

The usual thing is to put an empty super on top and shut them in


#3

Thanks for that. For how many days would they be ok, with that arrangement? Would 2-3 days be ok?


#4

So long as they have stores they will be fine, if unsure put a small feeder in


#5

By empty I meant with frames in rather than just an empty box. They could become quite creative otherwise. Make sure they have water. An entrance feeder full might be an idea. I hope you get warning of spraying


#6

Another very simple solution is to cut a strip of fly screen to fit, and tape it across the entrance late at night when all of the bees are home. In the US, we use #8 hardware cloth, but any insect screen should work fine, as long as you fix it in place carefully.

Dawn


#7

What Dawn says…but be careful approaching your hive at night! They come out quickly and attack ANYthing in range. Do NOT use a flashlight unless you have a red lenscap on.


#8

Thanks, for the suggestions.