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Honey Bee Hives
and the Risk of Bee Mites
Honey bee hives are necessary to your garden. Some gardeners rent beekeeping hives for their pollination program. Understanding bee behavior and risks (e.g. bee mites) is important to food producers.
Bees are a very important part of the ecology in that they pollinate a variety of plants in their travels. Theyre also a unique insect in that bees live and work communally in a colony.
Honey Bee Hives and Bee Behavior
Studying bee behavior reveals a variety of things including:
Beekeeping is an ancient practice and one that takes some time and practice to master.
If youre considering setting up a beekeeping hive its important to research not only the local ordinances but also think carefully about placement.
Remember that bees can be a nuisance and even dangerous depending on the overall moral of the colony.
So bees should be kept in an area thats relatively rural and where the bees have easy access to pollen and nectar.
Having a six foot fence for backyard bee keeping is one way to avoid problems.
When the bees are foraging theyll have to fly upward, over people and pets, rather than in a typical straight line. The fence also protects the bees from high winds.
Other considerations for home bee keeping include:
Honeybee Keeping Laws
Typically, the only legalities surrounding beekeeping is centered on how many hives a person can own and general placement of the bees.
Having said that, keeping bees in an urban environment can be challenging (your neighbors might be unhappy).
Some beekeepers, as a result, have a cooperative arrangement with rural land owners to keep their bees in a safer location.
This can be a great benefit to the landowner if they are growing fruits, flowers or vegetables - the bees will pollinate and improve their overall yield.
Find out more about Types of Bees - the Honey Bee and the impact bees have on our planet.
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