Article posted on October 7, 2019

Five Pro Methods to Prevent & Stop Robbing Bees

Honeybees around the entrance to a hive

From Backyard Beekeeping 101

Once, while taking a casual stroll through the apiary, I noticed something odd…

It was the middle of the afternoon and it seemed to be business as usual in most of the hives, except one.

Around the entrance, there seemed to be some kind of commotion.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was most likely witnessing bees robbing the hive but I was very new to beekeeping so I didn’t get too close but I kept watching them.

It seemed to me like a welcoming party gone rogue…

The bees seemed to be flying in circles, and for whatever reason, they couldn’t find the entrance of the hive.

I thought that perhaps the weather had something to do with it. It was a particularly warm day and I figured, perhaps they were celebrating the rare citing of the sun since the weather had been quite chilly. Looking back on that day, what I probably witnessed was a case of bee robbing.

You too will most likely experience a similar bee robbing frenzy at some point during your beekeeping journey. Thus, it is important that you not only know what to do in order to prevent a hive robbing but also be able to stop robber bees after you’ve identified their presence.

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