Pests

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Scooter, May 10, 2012.

  1. Scooter

    Scooter New Member

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    I'm keeping bees in south ga. And I'm just getting started! I was wondering what actions I should be taking in order to prevent pests from harming my new hive...
     
  2. Iddee

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    Place the hive in full sunlight. NO SHADE. SHB love shade.

    That is about all until further down the road.
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Raise your hive up on a stand or on cement blocks at least a foot off the ground to discourage skunks.
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I would guess your largest problems in starting out will be small hive beetles and fire ants. the latter seems to somewhat limit the first... so in some respects the fire ant is now your friend. you do want to keep the ants out of the hive until it is able to defend itself.
     
  5. Hog Wild

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    Welcome to the forum Scooter! Ditto on the advice already posted.
     
  6. PerryBee

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    All the advice offered so far is great. :thumbsup:

    I would also like to Welcome you to the forum (I see this was your first post) If you've been visiting you already know this is a great place to find answers to questions with it all being offered in a friendly way. :mrgreen:
     
  7. ablanton

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    Tec,

    How do the fire ants limit the SHB? My yard is shady, so SHB is a concern. I don't have any fire ants, but am curious as to whether other ants have the same effect?