How to place bumblebee hives

How to place bumblebee hivesBumblebees are used as natural pollinators in horticulture. Bumblebees are offered in special hives, where they build a nest. These hives are the bases from which the bumblebees spread through the crops. It is important to position these hives in the right areas for optimum pollination. Keep several points in mind with this. We will itemize these points for you.

Important points for bumblebee hive placement

  • Bumblebees are orientated by sight. Place hives in highly visible areas along the path so they can easily find their way back. It is important to have sufficient contrast between the hive and its surroundings, so bumblebees can distinguish the hive.
  • Ensure that the entrances are clearly visible for the bumblebees and place the exits in several directions to ensure the bees will always find an entrance.
  • Spread the hives throughout the greenhouse and stack a maximum of three hives high.
  • Always position the hives horizontally, keeping in mind the sugar water placed in the hive. The sugar water will spill if the hive sits crooked.
  • Protect the hives from condensation and rain water to prevent damage.
  • Never place bumblebee hives in full sun. If needed, protect them with an insulating sheet. 
  • Close the hives a few hours before sunset when used with illuminated crops
  • It may be necessary to place populations in the back as well when you have paths longer than 120 meters.

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