Since the queen has been so healthy, and the bees aren’t crowded it’s wasn’t crucial that we actually pop the tops to see the hives. The few times there has been sun this week, the bees have been flying in and out, so all seems well.
We also looked into our ant problem. Last week, we discovered that ants were raiding our hive and carrying off eggs and small larvae. We were not sure how to solve the problem, since anything that would disrupt the ants would also disrupt the bees. A little research into the problem found that many beekeepers have had success with cinnamon being spread on the ground around the hives. We haven’t seen more ants, but it’s possible they are also staying in because of the rain. Just in case we see them again, we have a solution in mind!
We’re also pleased to see that Bumblebee PA isn’t the only one getting on the beekeeping action this year. Minneapolis City Hall has installed two beehives on their roof, a donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community.
The beehives are a part of the Minneapolis’ City Hall courtyard garden project, and is a part of an ongoing to effort to raise awareness of urban ecosystems. The bees will forage over a large range in the city, including parts of the Mississippi shore line, the University of Minnesota campus, Loring Park and Lake of the Isles.
To read more about the Minneapolis beehives and the Mdewakanton apiary, click here. This news article also contains a .pdf regarding Minneapolis regulations for your own rooftop beehive!