Beekeepers must have good management practices within their apiaries to succeed. One of these practices is splitting their hives when necessary to avoid the loss of bees through swarming. What is swarming? Swarming is a natural process of honey bee colony reproduction. When swarming occurs, half or more bees leave with the queen to look for a new place to live, while other bees remain in the old colony and produce a new queen. Honey bees can swarm for multiple reasons:
- The honey bee colony lacks resources such as nectar and pollen.
- The honey bee colony is running out of space because of the amount of bees in the hive.
- The honey bee colony is annoyed by their surroundings such as loud noises.
- To avoid the loss of honey bees through swarming.
- To create more colonies in their apiaries.
by Luis Rodriguez Rosado