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Top feeder mold


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.



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.


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


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


Get rid of the open feeders.


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.


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


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.