Saving Honeybee Hives with Hive Beatles how to rehive honeybees

saving Honeybee Hives Beatles are huge problem for the honeybee hives Hive Beetles are very abundant in the south if you are going to save some wild bees i would recommend that you do not use any of the bee hive you are saving. the Hive Beetles will lay eggs in the bee larvae and the eggs will hatch and  in a few days you will have hundreds of maggots. the maggots kill brood that rots and they carry a yeast that will ferment the honey, this will cause a bad odor and your new bees will leave there new home.

What i recommend is to take your new bees and separate them from old comb and place them in a new 5 frame nuc type bee hive .Note that i make my own nucs that are 5 frames wide and as tall as a deep super or hive body.Also i make a hole low on the side about 3 inches round or square with screen over it for air on the front i make a similar hole but i cove it with a section of queen excluder that keeps the queen in then i drill a hole that matches the lid of a mason jar that i feed sugar water with that is the the hive body.  then i use a frame from a shallow super so that there is space under the frames the space allows room for the bees so you can drop the frames fast without crushing the bees

Below are some pictures the top left is a new hive about 6 days since i took it out of a house and put it in this hive it is hard to see but there are hundreds of bees flying around they are trying to coax the queen into leaving and that is why i have the queen excluder on the front after a while when they settle down i will find the queen and clip her wings and mark her, i will do this late evening before dark.



bee hive

beehive showing vent on side feeder and queen excluder

bee hive side

side view


bellow you can see the short hive frame i use to start my hive i find that new wax foundation or rite cell wax coated foundation gets the bees drawing comb fastest and in a good pattern


frames big and small

shows a shallow frame you can see the space it would leave

older hive

older hive


The photo to the right is of a older hive lots of bees but they are off doing bee things not trying to swarm so they are settling in i will remove the excluder soon.

in conclusion the Reason i dont use any of the old hive is hive beetles and there maggots ruin hives.

after the bees start building their beehive new they will control the hive beetles