Drifting

Drifting occurs when bees enter the wrong hive when they return from foraging, and decide to join that colony of bees. It tends to occur in hives that are in a windy location or are very close together.

Symptoms

  • Loss of bees in one hive, and increased numbers in another colony

Diagnosis

  • Clinical signs

Treatment


Prevention

  • Place hives at least 10 feet apart
  • Place hives in an irregular arrangement, as opposed to a straight row
  • Provide bees with landmarks, such as bushes or fences.
  • Paint hives different colors

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