The common enemies of the honeybee colony include: wasps, bees from other hives (honey robbers!), small mammals (skunks & mice), large animals (pets and even bears) and other insects (beetles & months).
Backyard Beekeepers Make Frequent Hive Visits
This being the case, backyard beekeepers need to make sure the hive is doing fine in its new location. But visiting your bees for the first time might be tricky, because bees are quick to respond to disturbances. Generally, it is considered a good time to visit when:
Nearly all of the older bees are out foraging. Foraging usually commences during the early hours of the morning.
- When the nectar flow is strong (blooming flower beds are a good sign that there is a strong nectar flow that drives bees to a foraging frenzy).
- When the hive is not too hot, nor too cold. To make sure that your hive has efficient thermal regulation, use an elevated hive stand to improve the circulation inside the hive structure.
- When the temperature of the environment is no higher than 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter and the bees might be a bit more excitable and easily agitated because of the heat.
Quick tip: if mice are bothering your hive, remove wire screen reducers from the entrance and exit points of the hive and use mouse guards instead.
Backyard beekeepers are always on the alert to keep natural enemies away.