Absconding

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Absconding occurs mainly in tropical areas and is triggered by a shortage of food, excessive disturbances or other environmental circumstances. Management options were formulated during the SAMS project:

  • Take a look into the hive
  • If absconding has not taken place yet, revitalize with two frames containing adult bees, brood and pollen
  • Alternatively, requeen the colony
  • If the colony already absconded think of sanitation decisions. A sanitation decision includes the cleaning and disinfection of the affected hive to avoid disease-transfer. Possible methods are to flame-scarf the inside of the hive (frames and equipment), or to use chemicals (bleach, costic soda, similar substances...). Please adhere to the instructions and work carefully.