By Isaac Adala.
Successful apiary management needs a beekeeper to devote some time in managing his/her Apiary. The following practices are recommended;
- The Apiary should be well fenced with barbed wire or a live hedge to keep off animals and people.
- The hedge should be more than 2 meters high so that bees can fly high when leaving or returning to the apiary. This height reduces exposure and risk of being stung.
- The apiary should be kept clean by cutting overgrown and undesirable vegetation around the hives so as to prevent pests from accessing the hives.
- Hives should be properly hung and hanging wires must be greased frequently to keep off crawling pests.
- Plant more bee plants in and around the apiary to ensure that the bees are provided with enough forage.
- Dilapidated post should be repaired or replaced.
- Provision of a bee house to enhance security of the hives and provide shade especially in hot areas
- Control pests and predators.
The bee house can be constructed by use of locally available materials such as:
- Grass thatching for roofing.
- Rafters and mud for walls.
- Any available timber for hive stands.