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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 2, 2011 12:36 PM CST

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In addition to disease honey bees have pests that make life harzardous.

Skunks
Scratch at the hive entrance to lure bees out so they can grab them and eat them. Guard bees who fly out and sting them do little good because skunks are almost completely immune to their stings.
Best defense is to place your hive on a hive stand 2' to 3' off the ground.

Raccons
Are attracted to hives when wax or propolis is carelessly discarded near the hive. They remove the top and inner cover and pull a frame out. They drag the frame a few feet away and the guard bees and any bees on the frame fly back to the hive, leaving the raccoon to eat the honey and brood in peace.
Best defense is to dispose of wax and propollis away from the hive and place a brick on top of the hive to prevent the raccoon from opening it.

Opossums
Wait for the opportunity to catch a bee for a snack.
Placing the hive up high as for skunks helps prevent them from getting their snack.

Wax Moths
Lay eggs in the hive box and when the moth larvae hatch out they go through the hive eating the wax, honey, pollen, larvae and pupae.
Honey bees normally take care of these pests on their own in a strong, healthy hive. Frames and supers can be put in the freezer to kill all stages of the moths. Storing unused hive bodies where light and fresh air can circulate around them will also kill them.

Small Hive Beetles
Hide out in dark places where the honey bees can't go.
Traps containing oil are used to trap and drown them. Honey bees will build prisions around them if they can find them.

Tracheal Mites
Affects all stages of the honey bee. They enter the breathing tube of the honey bee and feed on the blood produced when they pierce the tube to feed.
Chemical products or grease patties made with shortening, sugar, honey and peppermint are used to kill them. . Some breeds of honey bees are resistant or tolerant of them.

Varroa Mites
Affects drone pupae. Like tracheal mites they feed on blood but outside the honey bees body. Some strains of honey bees are resistant to them.
To control them screened boards, powdered sugar and using drone brood traps is effective.

Bears
Bears love honey and brood. Best defense is an electric fence around your bee yard.

Birds
Insect eating birds may eat honey bees while they are foraging or mating in the air.

Humans
Humans are reponsible for the use of pesticdes which are toxic to honey bees.
Some people kill them because they sting or they are allergic to them.
Some people will destroy a bee yard out of spite.
Humans are also reponsible for the diminishing food supply of honey bees.

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denimangle
May 2, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Well no bears here but thats only 1 out of 10 I wouldn't have to worry about Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 2, 2011 4:14 PM CST

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Lucky you. We have them around our area. Not here where we live yet but close. Thanks to the Dept of Wildlife people.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 4, 2011 9:01 AM CST
Hi Mindy,

great info!
what do you know about wasps being a problem for honeybees? dh was talking about them being a problem invading the hives for the honey. We have multiple kinds of wasps around here... not sure which varieties.

Cheryl, same for me! lol I haven't seen any bears but everything else....yep!!!
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 4, 2011 9:50 AM CST

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Christine I checked that out and found the following information.

Some wasps eat honey bees and the honey
Best control is to maintain your colony so they are the strongest they can be so they can defend themselves and to make sure your hive box is well made and fits together tightly. Any gaps in the hive box will encourage predators to come in and make themselves at home. Using entrance reducers will also help keep wasps and other flying inscets out as well as mice.

Thanks for mentioning the wasps I knew they would rob a hive but didn't know some of them eat the bees as well.

Another problem is ants. Using a moat around the hive they can't cross , putting your hive stand legs in cans filled with motor oil if you use one with legs and sprinkling cinnamon around the hive will deter the ants.

Generally any other type of bee will try to rob your hive if there's a shortage of food. We've not had any problems with any of them so far. Which may be due to living in a rural area that provides plenty of food for everyone.
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denimangle
May 4, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Wow a good way to recycle motor oil
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Mindy03
Jul 11, 2011 12:52 PM CST

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Spiders
Most spiders are predators and honey bees are one of the insects they will eat.
Generally, spiders aren't a real problem for honey bees and no action is needed.
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LindaTX8
Jan 5, 2012 1:48 AM CST
This one sounds kind of bad!
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/parasite-turns-honey-be...
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jan 5, 2012 5:58 AM CST

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Very serious one Linda. I did some quick research on the fly itself but there doesn't seem to be much on it other than what is in the link you provided. I'll do a more through research later today and see what I can find out.
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Ridesredmule
Jan 5, 2012 8:12 AM CST
http://news.yahoo.com/zombie-fly-parasite-killing-honeybees-...
I saw this earlier and meant to ask you if you knew anything about these little monsters. Very interesting article....
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jan 5, 2012 9:31 AM CST

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Thanks Charleen very interesting indeed. I'm going to check the beekeeping sites to see if there's more information on this.
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Ridesredmule
Jan 5, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Oh, Great. did you see the tiny things on that little bee??? How terrible. Maybe they haven't got to Kentucky yet. I hope not...
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Nicely put together information. Life as a honey bee seems to be quite hard.
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Mindy03
Aug 18, 2013 4:35 PM CST

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Thank you Rita
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 18, 2013 11:20 PM CST
Hope you folks don't mind a question here. I am in Salt Lake this week helping my daughter move. This afternoon we had a great number on bees flying madly around the neighborhood. They were not in a swarm but spread out over an area of a couple of blocks at least. Flying about randomly and very fast. It was late in the afternoon and quite hot. Not windy or stormy.

Anyone have an idea why this happened?
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abhege
Aug 19, 2013 8:42 PM CST
This is a video a friend of mine put together about building an ant proof hive stand. He's been having a terrible time with ants.

http://bubbatanicals.com/blog/bubbatube-15-building-an-ant-p...
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Mindy03
Aug 20, 2013 5:42 AM CST

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I'll have to go to the other computer to watch the video. This computer doesn't want to play them for some reason.

I can vouch for the cinnamon to repel them. We use it on our hives.
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CindiKS
Aug 20, 2013 9:04 PM CST
Elaine,
I wonder if those bees lost their hive?
I've seen birds act that way when their nests weren't where they left them, either because something destroyed it or, in one case, because the nest was under a trailer that was moved.
Our bees get kinda stirred up when the beekeeper moves a box in or out.
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 22, 2013 11:37 AM CST
That may be it Cindi. Thanks. They seem to have settled again. Phew it was a bit scary though.
Elaine

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homer1958
Aug 24, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Havent seen a be in probably 6-7 years... Just bumblebees.

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