Swarming prevention

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Colony reproduction in honey bees is called swarming. Reproductive swarming occurs during the flowering season. In those seasons, the worker bees collect numerous amounts of pollen and nectar and the queen lays thousands of eggs resulting in space constraints- a large colony splits and swarms. If the honey bee colony swarmed, the honey harvest decreases. To control unwanted swarming, the bees need enough space. Through internal inspection, the beekeeper destroys every occurring queen cell in the hive. Swarming cells are often located at the periphery of the frames.

  • Offer enough space in the hive by adding supers.
  • If a colony is crowded 2-3 frames containing eggs and open brood should be replaced by wax foundations. The frames containing brood can be used for weaker colonies.
  • optionally split the colony.
  • Inspect the overcrowded colony every 10 days and check for queen cells. All queen cells must be destroyed.
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