Successful apiary management needs a beekeeper to devote some time in managing his/her Apiary. We recommend the following practices:
- Fence the apiary well 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.
- Clean the apiary and by cutting overgrown and undesirable vegetation around the hives to prevent pests from accessing the hives.
- Hung the hives properly frequently grease the hanging wires to keep off crawling pests.
- Plant more bee plants in and around the apiary to ensure that the bees have enough forage.
- Dilapidated posts should be repaired or replaced.
- Provide a bee house to enhance security of the hives and provide shade especially in hot areas.
- Successful apiary management requires control pests and predators.
Construct the bee house using locally available materials, such as:
- Grass thatching for roofing.
- Rafters and mud for walls.
- Any available timber for hive stands
The above guidelines will drastically reduce the stress of successfully managing an apiary.
By Isaac Adala.