BEE FARM MAINTENANCE SERVICES

We replace and repair damaged beehive parts

Like other structures, beehives wear out with time, lowering their value. Weather is the main threat to the hives, and it can cause damages such as warping, cracking, rotting, and rusting. Other things that can damage hives are insects and large animals.

The repairs and replacements we do strengthens the entire hive and makes it more resistant to weather, animals, and other destructive agents. It also keeps your structure in a good shape which adds some attractiveness to your garden.

Install Excluders and Supers

The excluders help to prevent the queen from laying eggs on the honeycombs. Supers, on the other hand, provide additional space for the bees to store honey and are installed when honeycombs or brood Combs start to fill up (which is common in summer).

If your hive lacks queen excluders, we install it before the queen moves on to lays eggs in the combs which are made for honey production.

Beeswax transfers for hives lacking wax.

Each super in a Langstroth Hive contains frames. These frames are where the bees build their honeycomb. The idea is the bees attach the comb to the edge, usually on a foundation made from beeswax. Now the bees are building their honeycombs where you want, rather than in hard-to-reach areas.
The standard Langstroth hives have ten frames per super, a ten-frame super full of honey can weigh as much as 60 pounds!

Install shelter to protect hives during prolonged extreme temperature conditions.

In this erratic climate change, weather is a destructive agent in apiaries. Rainwater can damage wooden hives and kill the insects. The sun’s heat can also damage hives and, in addition, cause bees to abscond.
To keep your hive safe from rainwater, we do install a rain cover to prevent rain drops from falling directly on the structure.
To shade your hive from strong heat from direct sun, we install a shade structure, but you can also use the rain cover if it can provide shade.

Provide Adequate Ventilation for Your Beehive.
Proper ventilation to keep the bee hive free from the damaging effects of condensation, low temperatures and high temperatures.
Too much moisture tends build up in a poorly ventilated hive, causing damage to the structure and harming the bees.
High temperatures can also destroy the structure and harm the insects.
Our solution is to add ventilation holes to improve air circulation. In freezing weather, you can cover your hive with a black tar paper which prevents heat loss.

Hive interior cleaning.

Construct windbreaks

Storms and strong winds destroy beehives by overturning or dragging and crushing them on other objects. In such periods the winds carry moist air into the hive interior, increasing the possibility of a more damaging condensation in cold weather.

  • To shield your hive from destructive winds, we install fencing to act as windbreak using strong posts and sheets of strong materials.

Protect Hives from Mice.

 We install a mouse guard at the hive entrance and destroy their nests which are common in autumn.

Control of wood insects (termites and lice)

Woodlice and termites feed on wood which means that they can destroy your wooden hive if they are allowed to breed around the structure. They are more destructive in dry seasons and common in old or rotting woods.

  • Controlling these organisms, we use environment friendly soil treatment methods, liquid insecticides or baits.
  • Clearing and removing decomposing dead plant materials and other plant debris from the beekeeping zone.