PEST CONTROL FOR BEE KEEPERS
Beekeeping is truly a rewarding business, hobby or past time yet it definitely requires a whole lot of hard work! Making the job harder are the insistent Pests that are ever-present around active hive & storehouses.
A quick list of Pests would involve
After regularly treating your hive for Varroa mite a couple of times a year, the last thing you want to do is introduce more Pesticides, chemicals and whatnot! Whatever happened so Bees cannot even be Bees without human intervention…
Not all pest control requires the use of broad-spectrum pesticides, in fact, there is a whole new movement toward non-toxic, natural methods of control & reduction rather than outright elimination & desolation.
Every item sold here is bee safe. The intention is the reduction of the population so to gain better overall control, let me explain these methods in more detail.
A very effective method of catching wasps all day, every day is to hang either a wasp bag filled with wasp lure or a dome trap approx 10m from the hives.
The Wasp Bag Instructions:
Unscrew the Disposable Wasp Bag, pour in 500ml of NoPests® Wasp Lure. Locate trap in direct sunlight in an area approx 10m from the hives, using hanging cord provided. Disposable Wasp Bags should be closed in heavy rainfall to ensure contents are not diluted. Dispose of the trap when liquid is saturated with dead wasps: screw the trap cap closed and throw it away via normal rubbish.
Continually catching wasps from the same nests put a huge level of stress on the nest, greatly reducing the size of the nest & making it weak and die.
The Key Industries wasp bait goes one step further and allows the wasps to carry back the bait to the nest. The bait is toxic to wasps. The bait kills all workers contacting the bait & the larvae it is feed to. The wasp population will collapse after two or so weeks. Bees however have not shown any interest in the bait. We have observed this around our own hives.
Wasp bags & Lures work well after a warm winter where some nests have managed to survive. Prevent early harassment to your bees by hanging a couple. Your bees will love you for it!
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We have heard many different methods to control ants around hives yet they all require the use of contact pesticides. Items such as insecticide-impregnated sand, spraying the bottom of the hive stands or even going as far as treating the underside of lids. The idea of this practice makes me cringe at the thought of my bees coming into contact with these pesticides while resting under the hive on a hot day or casually strolling on the grass outside the hive as they process a stomach full of nectar. I have thought deeply on this & one product stands out above the rest.
Vanquish is a lovely green colour, odourless & contains nothing which attracts Bees. This bait is readily taken up by most Ants, especially the invasive & most commonly found in hives are the Argentine, White-footed & Phero (Big-headed) Ants. Apply this bait at the standard rate as per instructions and the Ants will disappear. Treat your apiary every 3mths and you will not have a problem with ants.
Ant bait works well for those small nests which you find around lids, inner covers & feeders. A couple of small, non-descript amounts will do the trick. Do not use Exterm-an-ant liquid as it is high in sugar and may be taken up by hungry bees.
This pest is commonly found around boxes full of waxed frames. The wax moth is particularly persistent and will find its way into last years frames which you pulled your harvest from. Moth lures are fantastic at catching adult moths as they fly around the shelves and stacks. Commercial grade glue boards with long-lasting lures are ideal.
The board with the most moths is also the board closest to the infestation. This makes it easier to find affected frames.