- Tired of wiring wax foundation into the frame. Use bobby pins to hold the foundation in place.
notice that the bees have built up the cells on wax foundation in a
wavy manner. Wax foundation has a Y imprinted in the bottom of the
cells. One side is raised and one side is depressed. Make sure that
when you install the foundation in the hive box that starting from the
center the raised Y faces out toward the box sides. Mount the
foundation so the cleat faces inward from the sides.
try to brush bees off of a frame. Did you brush from the top of the
frame toward the bottom and the more you brushed the madder they got.
You would get mad to if I tried to break your back. Cells are angled
downward at a 5 to 7 degree angle. You need to turn the frame over and
brush from the bottom to the top. This action tends to pull the bees
from the cells and makes them a whole lot less angry.
pull a frame of honey from your hive but some of the cells are not
capped. Is the honey in these cells to watery and will it cause the
honey to spoil. Turn the frame bottoms up and store for a period before
you extract the honey. Any honey that is to watery will run from the
cells. All the honey left will be okay to extract.
Hives Beetles ever slime a frame. Remove the frame and place over a
fire ant mound. The fire ants will clean the frame and leave the wax
try to box a swarm of bees but they did not stay. Put a frame of brood
into the box from another hive. Then add 2 drops of lemon grass oil and
they will not leave.
- Wax moths taking over. You can get cheap moth balls at Walmart. Just be sure they are made from Paradichorobenzane. Wax moths do not burrow into plastic foundation or plastic frames. They can destroy wood frames.