I have a feeling that my bees have absconded. I just noticed there was almost no activity these two days. There was a dead bee in the entrance, and a couple more on the bottom board when I pulled it out. Didn’t have time to open the hive yet.
I’m in the Perth hills near Mundaring, and it has been raining, cold (lows of around 5-7C) and windy at times. Neighbours are burning wood in their heaters like there is no tomorrow. The smell annoys me and I assume it annoys the bees too.
I can’t find much info on how much the smoke from wood burning heaters affect urban bees. Anyone can shed some light on this?
In a way, if the bees are gone is almost a chance to start afresh. I was sold a very aggressive colony by the bee store in Bellvue, and I wanted to change the location anyway, hoping I can place them somewhere a bit more sheltered, and hopefully less smoke from heaters.