How To Help Bees In The Summer

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blazes, your bees are pretty self-sufficient. They only require your occasional attention every few ⁣weeks to prevent minor‌ issues from⁣ escalating into major problems.

Remember,​ it’s ​vital⁤ to provide your bees with ample shade during the summer‌ to shield them⁣ from the scorching sun. Water‌ is equally important, ⁣as bees use it for evaporative cooling of their hive. Consider painting your hives a lighter color ⁣to reflect the sun’s heat. Also, ensure your hive isn’t overcrowded for optimal ⁣comfort.

Are you a beekeeper concerned about ⁣keeping your bees cool and safe during the summer? Then, join ‍me as we delve into the importance of⁤ maintaining​ a cool environment for your buzzing buddies during the hot days, why it matters, ‌and the potential consequences of neglecting this!

Why Is It Important To Keep‍ Your Bees Cool?

While bees are naturally adept at​ regulating their ‌hive temperatures, there ​are measures you can take to help them combat the summer heat. It’s crucial to lend a helping hand to our tiny bee friends during these sweltering summer days.

Bees strive to​ maintain their hive temperature between ⁣32 and 36 degrees. They‌ can withstand temperatures outside this range, but it demands a significant ⁣amount of energy. ⁤Consequently, ‍ their honey production⁤ may decrease as ‌they​ focus ⁢on cooling down.

Extreme temperature‌ spikes can pose a threat to your bees’ lives. With climate change causing higher than usual temperatures⁢ globally, some beekeepers are already experiencing colony losses.

How To Keep ⁢Bees Safe In The Summer Heat

Bees ⁤are generally capable of controlling their hive’s temperature. However, when temperatures soar above‍ 100⁢ degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods, your ‍bees will undoubtedly ⁢need your⁤ assistance! Here are⁣ some‌ tips to safeguard your bees and ​help them withstand the ⁤perils of heatwaves.

Water source.

Water is vital for hive cooling. Worker‍ bees gather water​ in their honey stomachs and ​transport it back to the hive for evaporative cooling. Ensure your bees‍ have access to a‌ water source⁣ they prefer,⁣ as they are drawn to ‍earthy smells and‌ typically avoid tap​ water.

Remember, ‌bees can be⁤ quite selective about their ‍water sources. If your area is experiencing high temperatures and ⁤you don’t see bees at your water source, it’s likely ⁢unsuitable. It’s best to establish a ​suitable water source before summer arrives, so your ⁣bees can easily locate and use ⁣it when temperatures rise.

Site Location.

Your hive site should ideally offer some shade during the day,⁣ excluding early ‍morning and early​ evening hours.

Your⁣ Hive.

White hives require⁢ less energy and effort from your bees to stay cool compared to other colors. If you only have a‌ few hives, you can easily paint‍ them ‍with inexpensive white paint from your local hardware or paint store.

Provide Shade.

One of the simplest ways to reduce your hives’ heat is by providing shade. You can set up an umbrella⁣ or shade tent over your hive when hot weather ⁤is forecasted. ‌However, it’s advisable to plan ahead and strategically position your hives under trees or other structures that offer shade.

Proper Ventilation.

While hive ventilation in hot weather is sometimes discouraged‌ due to the ‌risk of‌ releasing the honey scent ‌and attracting predators, it can be a lifesaver in extreme heat. ‌Ventilation can prevent your colony⁣ from overheating and the combs from melting.

The‍ best way‌ to ventilate your hive is by creating an upper entrance, allowing heat to escape.‍ For instance, you could drill a one-inch hole in ‌the top super. ​If your⁤ bees aren’t using this entrance, cover ​it ⁢with a screen to vent the heat without letting intruders‌ in.

Remove Metal Roofing.

Many beekeepers⁣ opt for metal roofs due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. However, metal roofs conduct heat, which can significantly impact your hive during a ​heatwave.

You can ‌reduce your⁢ hive’s internal heat by covering your metal‍ roof with a storage ​bin lid or a piece of white corrugated sheet. Alternatively, consider replacing your metal roofs with wooden ones.


Insulating your hive ⁣can⁢ help your ⁢colony⁤ stay cool. Many beekeepers ‌use insulation in winter to keep their‌ colonies ⁤warm, but‍ it can also be beneficial⁢ in‍ summer. Insulation under your hive roof can help maintain steady⁣ internal temperatures, even when external temperatures spike. You might also⁢ want to consider adding an insulation box inside your⁢ hives.


Ensure‍ your hive or hives ⁤aren’t ​overcrowded. You might​ even need ‌an additional super for​ your hives. However, placing honey above an empty super could create more work for your bees in controlling their hive’s temperature.

Depending on the seasonal conditions and your hive’s ability to ⁣draw out additional foundation, place some existing honey frames⁢ in your added super and move a‍ few‌ of the new combs into the lower box. Another option is to simply harvest the honey box and replace ⁣it⁤ with a super of extracted drawn comb or ⁢new foundation.

Hive Inspections

Avoid opening your hive during the day’s hottest part. It’s uncomfortable for you and certainly unpleasant for your ‌bees! Consider delaying your⁤ hive inspection until the weather cools down.

How To Know If It Is⁢ Too Hot In Your Hives

As​ beekeepers, vigilance is key.‌ There are four main ‍signs that⁤ your bees are overheating. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s⁤ time ​to ‌step in and help ⁢your buzzing buddies!

Your Bees Begin Bearding

In extremely hot weather, when the hive’s‌ internal ‍temperatures⁤ can soar, your⁣ bees will start to⁢ exit the hive.‍ If your hive population is large, bees will leave the hive and cluster in ​large numbers outside.

This behavior is a ‍means of escaping the heat and‌ staying cool. Honeybees do this primarily to prevent their hives from overheating and to regulate the brood nest temperature, ⁢protecting the brood from heat-induced⁤ death. Unfortunately, a large ‌brood ‍and busy bees⁤ in the hive‌ increase heat‌ output. Exiting the hive is a simple and effective way to regulate the internal hive ‍temperature.

Water Evaporation.

In hot weather, bees often collect water and line up near​ the hive ‌entrance.⁤ They then fan the water, causing it to evaporate into the air. Next, they‌ fan the cool air around the hive, creating a⁤ sort of central​ air ⁤conditioning ⁣system.

It’s fascinating to think ‍about​ it – a bee-operated AC unit!

Your Bees​ Become More Aggressive.

During the ⁤hotter months, your bees may become more aggressive as ⁢they work‌ harder. They have to produce honey AND work on keeping their hives cool. They might see you as an obstacle or even ⁢a ⁤threat.

Animals‌ Or Pets Begin To Invade.

Bees face competition for resources as other animals and colonies recognize their knack for resource accumulation. Bees are experts at finding, collecting, storing, and even being ‍food. Nature seems to know this, and honey bee colonies often become prime ‌targets for animals in search of food.

During the hotter months, insects like wasps or animals like⁣ skunks will prey‌ on the bees. Other animals will attempt to steal the resources that ⁤the bees have painstakingly ⁢gathered ⁤and stored. This is why ‌bees perceive almost anything ​as a threat; they’re simply trying to protect⁣ themselves and their resources.

What Happens When A⁢ Hive Is ‌Too Hot?

When a hive gets too hot, it doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the entire hive, but it could ‍be at risk. If your beehive‌ overheats, the brood ‍can ⁣die. This is also why bees exit the hive in high ⁢temperatures.

When bees overheat, ​ all⁢ forms of production cease, and the queen even stops laying eggs. If you notice during your regular hive inspections that the queen has stopped laying, ensure you can still find the queen. In some cases, the queen can ‌die. If you find ⁤the queen, you can safely assume that she’s merely taking ‍a break because of the heat.

If ​you notice melted ‍wax or honey dripping from your beehive, it’s a clear sign that the hive is‌ too hot. This is rare, but it could happen if you have temperatures above 100 degrees day after day. Honey dripping from a hive can also indicate that you’re at risk of losing the hive, so you‍ need to take action as⁣ soon as you notice it.


During the scorching summer months, bees are naturally quite ‌adept at keeping themselves cool.⁤ If you’ve ‍painted your hives a light color and positioned them to receive some shade,‌ your bees might not need any additional help from‌ you.

However, if ‍you notice that your bees ⁣are overheating, ensure ‌you have safe bee watering stations ready and available and ventilate your hives. These measures can significantly help protect your buzzing buddies from the harsh​ summer heat!

Bees form an integral part of our ecosystem, playing ​a crucial role in the pollination of a vast majority of our fruits, vegetables and nuts. In fact, ⁤it’s estimated that one-third of our food⁤ supply directly relies⁣ on pollination from ⁤bees. However, these invaluable ​insects are ⁣currently undergoing ⁤a worldwide struggle⁤ caused by factors such as pollution, pesticides,‌ disease, and loss of habitat. As these bee populations decline, so too does the ​health of our global environment and food security.

Summer is a⁢ crucial‍ season ​for bees and, therefore, an excellent opportunity for humans to​ step in⁢ and provide some much-needed assistance.‍ Here are some practical ways in which you can help support bees during the summer months.

1. Avoid Pesticides:

Pesticides, particularly those containing neonicotinoid, can have a devastating impact on bee populations. They can directly poison the bee ⁣or contaminate their food sources, leading to significant declines in bee colonies. If you need to use pesticides, try to do so only after dusk, when bees are less active.

2. Provide a Water Source:

Bees need water just like us. Especially, during​ the summer months when their water sources can ⁤dry up quickly. Consider leaving a shallow container filled with water in your garden, with‍ pebbles⁢ or twigs for the bees to land on. Ensure to frequently change the water to prevent mosquito breeding.

3. Grow Bee-Friendly Plants:

Growing certain plants can attract bees and provide essential food sources. For instance, Lavender, Sage, Sunflower, and Daisies are ‌among those plants that attract ‍bees. ​Planting a variety of these ⁣species that bloom at different times throughout the summer will ensure a steady food⁢ supply.

4. ‍Create a Bee-Friendly Habitat:

Offering a range of habitats within your garden can make​ it more appealing to bees. This might include​ creating a messy garden​ corner, planting a range of flowering plants, or avoiding good housekeeping in the ​autumn, as some bees will need places to overwinter.

5. Install a Bee Hotel:

Many species of bees are solitary and need ⁢individual nooks to raise their young. Hanging a bee hotel in your‍ garden or yard can provide⁢ a safe nesting site for these species.

6. ⁢Support Local Beekeepers:

Last but not least,‍ purchasing locally⁢ produced raw honey can help support your local bee population. By doing so, you support⁣ local beekeepers who work to maintain healthy and sustainable bee populations.

In summary, bees play a vital ‍role in maintaining biodiversity and the health of our ecosystems, directly​ affecting the food⁣ we eat and the‌ natural environments we enjoy. By providing them with necessary food and water‌ sources, creating habitats, and supporting responsible beekeeping⁣ practices, we can all play a part in bolstering⁢ bee ⁣populations and, in turn, our own survival. With such small acts, we can make ⁤a big difference to these small but mighty creatures, especially during the challenging summer period.

So, let’s⁢ step up and create a buzzing, bee-friendly world that supports these remarkable and indispensable creatures. After all, our future depends on theirs.

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