One time I stuffed some tissue paper in a space where the bees were getting out where the observation window met the wood. I could see the bees move little bits of paper out through the main entrance.I thought that was a single red string until I just looked at your previous post. It's part of a WIDE cloth strap...two of them in fact. They've got a lot of work to do to get it all out!
No, they really don't like paper or cardboard, do they?! I heard a great story once about someone who was worried about the bank keeping his money, so he withdrew it all and put his cash in his hives. Sometime later, he noticed lots of little green confetti around the entrances. Oops!
Hey Julie,I never really thought about the removal of foreign items from the hives. This is loosely related, last Saturday I was doing my weekly inspection, I only did half the hive due to our temps being in the 90s for approx. 5 days. I didn't want my TBH comb to weaken, so I went in around 9 ish. I had read an article about using a plastic oiled board in the entry to do a mite count over several days. Being a bit of a DIYer and cheap I thought I would cut a paper bay with a loop on top, cover with wax paper, coat with some coconut oil and give it a go. At first they really didn't like have anything blocking the entry. They seems to settle after 30 minutes. But then I had 5 small groups of bees in beard balls outside the hive. After checking in with my treatment free friend, I removed my homemade board. I had about 20 dead bees on the ground. They seems to eat all the coconut oil and had started the eat the paper and wax paper. The whole event lasted about 5 hours before everything seemed to return to normal. But within the 3.5 hours they went to work removing my mess. I hate hurting them, when all I really wanted to do was check in with the mite count. The sugar roll seems a little mean. Sorry I know that my newbie status is showing. As I'm also going treatment free, I guess the mite count doesn't matter. Thanks admitted mistakes seems safer in your comment section. Hope all your girls are recovered from Yogi's visit.
Oh no, I'm sorry that the mite board killed a bunch of your bees. Bummer. :-( If it's any consolation, I've gotten the best beekeeping lessons from my screw-ups. Live and learn, right?
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