Moving a beehive is a task that many beekeepers dread. However, at some point in beekeeping, relocating your precious honey makers will be necessary.
Whether you’re moving them to avoid bears and other pests, moving to a new home or to find a better spot for your bees, the secret to a successful bee relocation is knowing what to do.
Here are some sensible pointers that every bee owner should know:
1. Have a Hive Moving Net
It’s possible to relocate your bees without a net, but it’s more dangerous and difficult. The net should be sturdy and fine. This keeps the bees in place as you move them.
2. When to Move Your Bees
Although bee relocation is possible at nearly anytime of the year, the best times are before the sun comes up in the morning and after it sets in the evening.
At these times, bees are normally less active. Additionally, foragers will have returned to the hive so you’ll have all of them.
3. Move the Hive Over Three Miles or Fewer Than Three Feet
Bees learn their local area through sight. By moving their home over three feet, they’ll fly back to the original location.
Moving the hive over three miles causes bees not to recognize the surrounding area and, therefore, learn their new location.
4. Don’t Rush
After bee relocation, don’t be in a hurry to remove the net or whichever tool you’re using. Wait for at least fifteen minutes so the bees can settle.