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Top feeder mold


#1

I have 2 top feeders that the bees wont use. I see a little mold around it.

Are bees really picky about mold? I have cleaned them some but they still won’t use them.

Joe


#2

Maybe they don’t need the food? I guess the mold could make it taste off too, if there’s a lot of it. Try cleaning it all out with a bleach solution and putting it back in fresh. If the bees still don’t bother with it then they must not need/have room for it.


#3

I have outside feeders as well and they go crazy for them.


#4

Maybe that is the problem - too much choice! :smile:


#5

Get rid of the open feeders.


#6

Bees don’t like something about mold, they won’t walk on it if there is much build up. Go with @Eva s suggestion with washing the feeder with bleach solution then a rinse off.
Regards


#7

I didn’t add the outside feeders until they refused to use the in hive feeders.


#8

If they are not using your inside feeders it would suggest to me they have enough food. External feeders are a good way to spread disease and start robbing.

Cheers
Rob.