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.