Bees Stay Active Inside The Hive During Winter
Just because honeybees are not swarming flower gardens or buzzing by your head this time of year doesn’t mean they aren’t staying busy as a bee. In the winter, bees do not hibernate but rather huddle in large groups to stay warm. Honeybees will seldom leave the nest since the cold temperatures inhibits their ability to fly.
The cluster ritual alone will not produce the heat needed to warm a bee’s body. Instead, implementing a shimmy movement while in a large group can significantly increase the temperatures in the beehive – creating a warmer environment for their survival.
The bio movement is not like a hip-swinging or feet-shuffling dance but more like the Funky Chicken. Motions include flapping of the arms and vibrating the wing muscles. The heat produced from this movement is similar to the warmth from a packed dance hall with non-stop dancing.
Another interesting aspect of the honeybee winter clustering is their rotation cycle. With the queen bee always in the middle of the group to ensure her safety, other bees rotate from inside to outside. The warm bees inside the cluster will continuously shift positions with the half-frozen bees on the outside all winter long.
Naturally, an 80,000 bee colony can drop to 20,000 bees in the winter season. This helps to preserve the food supply. With a depleting food supply and minimal opportunities to collect resources, the hive will be too weak to create the high temperatures needed to warm the brood in mid-January. Reducing the hive population resolves the issue of running out of fuel too quickly.
But with a plentiful food supply, a strong, healthy honeybee colony will emerge in the upcoming spring season. Beehives on your property that were once dormant and forgotten during the winter, can pose a serious problem with warmer weather.
It’s important to not let your bee problem escape your mind when there is less activity. The bee activity outside the hive will reduce until the first hint of spring but the problem will still remain until professionally removed.
A live bee removal will capture the bees alive and transport them to a local beekeeper – with no interruption in their winter routine.
Our bee removal technicians stay busy throughout the year removing bees and honeycombs from structures. Have a tech provide a free inspection & estimate to resolving your bee problem today!