People can credit pollinators, including honey bees, for around one in every three pieces of food that we eat. But due to the habitat loss and use of heavy pesticides, more than 700 types of honey bees face potential extinction.
Honey bees are under extreme pressure these days! As the honey bee population is declining at a faster rate, it has become enormously important to take the necessary steps to save these little pollinators. The biggest contributor behind the decline of honey bee colonies is the viruses spread by a parasite, called Varroa Destructor. This parasite is spread because of certain beekeeping practices, one of which is keeping the honey bees in conditions that are totally different from their common home of tree hollows.
Characteristic homes inside tree holes create high moistness levels in which bumble bees flourish and prevent the parasite to breed further. Man-made bee hives thus helps in recreating these natural conditions, helping to stop the parasites & allows the honey bees to recuperate.
The honey bees select a hollow tree with a passageway at the base that makes rising hot air inside the home less inclined to escape. They at that point alter it by applying an antibacterial fume impeding sealant of tree gum within walls and any little openings or breaks. This further forestalls any warm air breaks and keeps up the correct degree of water vapor. Inside the home, the honey bees assemble a honeycomb containing a large number of cells, every one of which gives a protected microclimate to developing hatchlings (infant honey bees) or making nectar.
Constructed with thin wood having large entrances, man-made hives for honey bees are squat and squarish in shape. The purpose of designing the hives this way was to reduce its cost and to help beekeepers easily access the bees & collect honey. However, this kind of design was later proven favorable for the parasites.
Basic changes to hive construction plan to bring down heat loss and increase humidity can be achieved by utilizing smaller entrances and thicker walls. This surely will decrease the chances of Varroa parasites affecting the bumble bee provinces. We definitely realize that just structure hives from polystyrene rather than wood can fundamentally build the endurance rate and nectar yield of the honey bees. More examination into the thermofluidic multifaceted nature of homes would permit us to plan the optimal hives that balance the necessities of bumble bees with their human attendants. We, at Geohoney, are very well aware of the increasing rate of honey bee extinction. Knowing that bees have been a great support for our lives & environment, we do our best to preserve these little creatures in every possible way.