Bee Predators

Like every other animal or insect, honeybees have their own share of predators.

Each predator is unique in how they affect the honey bee, and the measures that need to be taken to protect against them.

Do Possums Eat Bees? How They Affect Honeybee Colonies

Do Possums Eat Bees?

Raising a healthy honey bee colony can be challenging, and disheartening if it gets wiped out by predators. As the beekeeper it is therefore wise to be ahead of your enemies, and this means anticipating the enemy before it strikes. It is also important to understand what action to take if you have already been struck by a predator. The bee is an easy target of most predators, ranging from tiny pests to the huge mammals that devastate colonies all over the United States. The seasonal changes also bring its own share of challenges to the honey bees and ultimately the beekeeper. If you thought you overcame winter, then comes along predators that creep in at the dead of the night. Possums are fascinating creatures that may target apiaries. They are found in a few places across the globe including the United States. In this article, we'll discuss the effect that possums have on honeybees and their colonies.

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How to Protect Honey and Mason Bees from Birds

How to Protect Honey and Mason Bees from Birds

Beekeeping is not only one of the most fulfilling hobbies, but it also a most rewarding venture for agriculturists. There are, however, some limiting factors, including honey bee predators, being one of the biggest challenges to beekeepers. Some of these include: beetles, rodents, wasps, ants, mammals, and birds. Poor hive management that leads to improper mitigation of these pests and predators certainly weakens the bee colony. While honey bees may instinctively keep off most of their enemies using their stinger, they sometimes require some assistance from the beekeeper. The tiny bee is a target of small to large predators making it an insurmountable task for a single colony to defend itself from all these predators and pests. Some predators eat the honey bees as a whole whereas others are parasitic, sucking the life out of the bees. In this article, we will discuss how to protect honey and mason bees from birds.

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Protecting Bees from Skunks

Protecting Bees from Skunks

Beekeeping is done as both a hobby and business practice worldwide. Bees and honey are beneficial to human beings in many ways such as nutrition, pollination and medicinal. Bees are essential for pollination, Bees and other pollinating insects are facing danger of extinction, mainly due to intensive deforestation, use of pesticides, global warming, their habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and predation. This trend of bee’s population declining threatens agricultural and humanity wellbeing. Therefore, protecting the bees is a major concern. Skunks are one of the major predators to bees. In this article, we'll discuss protecting bees from skunks.

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Protecting Beehives from Raccoons

Protecting Beehives from Raccoons

Beekeepers must understand the challenges that come with their work. Keeping off predators is part of the job and it takes effort to keep bee colonies safe. It is less understood how much it takes to raise bees in terms of the time, money, and manpower invested in the business. The sweet honey in addition to other honey bee products, is a result of hard work. Predators and pests pose a serious risk to honey bees. Raccoons also referred to as “coons”, are tiny mammals that prefer to roam about at night. They are found throughout the United States but most common in dry or arid western plains. In this article, we'll discuss how to protect your beehives from raccoons.

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Do Beehives Attract Rats? How to Deal with the Pesky Pests

Do Beehives Attract Rats?

Managing a beehive comes with a lot of challenges, one of which is keeping away predators. During winter, one of the most convenient places for the honey bee to be in is the beehive. This is because the environment is always warm, mild, and has enough food. A lot is invested into cultivating a proper beehive but this may be frustrated by predator and pest actions. Honey and pollen are the major food items obtained by honey bees. Many predators are believed to be attracted to these foods and may affect or ruin the hive. For a beekeeper, learning of ways to protect the hive becomes a priority. Rats are furry animals that have a history of been present almost everywhere on Earth. Almost every farm in the United States has trouble with this animal. It is one of the reasons many farm owners keep cats. In this article, we'll discuss whether or not beehives can attract rats.

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Protecting Honey Bees from Asian Giant Hornets

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian giant hornets pose a serious threat to the declining bee population within the United States, and scientists have now raised their concerns. What is particularly surprising is the fact that no one understands how the insect came to the US in the first place. And it is worrying that it might spread to other states. How then do you protect yourself and your honey bees? Read on to find out.

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How to Protect Honeybees from Bears

How to Protect Honeybees from Bears

Among the many predatory animals that are bad news for honeybees, bears rank quite high. Whether a grizzly or black bear, honeybees do not look forward to the day a bear visits their beehive. At best, the bear gets to the brood quickly and eats their fill and then leaves the beehive. In most cases however, a honeybee colony is lost when a bear attacks a beehive. While the bear eats honey, its main target is usually the larvae in the brood chambers. The high protein content of larvae and honeybee eggs makes them prime targets for bears. This article looks at how bears damage beehives and the honeybee colonies in them. It also shares tips on how to protect honeybees from bears.

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