Placing and Baiting your hives

How do you bait and place your hives?


The African bee can swarm up to 8 times in a single year. This means your aim is to always prepare and bait those beehives to attract the swarms in to the hives.

All hives need to be placed in a raised ground or in a place where there is a forest as this maximizes the chances of making them get colonized.

Different areas depict variation when it comes to swarming of bees. This means the area you do beekeeping will have a different swarming season from the others. Swarming of the stinging bees is predominantly associated with blooming of flowers. Crowded swarms of bees realise that they need to make a room for honey and pollen stores and thus the young brood swarms with the old queen.

The large swarm contains a very large group of bees. Precisely between 20,000- 30,000 bees will swarm. This being the first stage of swarming that is highly desirable as it brings to a farmer a very strong huge colony. If you wait to catch the secondary or even tertiary swarms you will end up being disadvantaged to certain extend as a beekeeper.

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Once the brooder gets 7-9 frames or bars worked on by the bees then the farmer can introduce the super box. For the brood box to be worked on to such level, the time taken would be barely 3-4 Months.


To attract bees in a hive you will need to melt wax, mixed it with some propolis and smear it inside your boxes. You can also use starter strips made from wax sheets which are fitted in the groves of the hive bars of frames. When the hive stays longer without bees then opt for lemongrass oil. This is for the sake of Langstroth hive. Sometimes we use strips of plywood which is usually dipped in liquid wax for the same effect

Bees are Baited to beehives by use of pheromones. This is because the bee colonies actually communicate by emitting pheromones.

At Beecare Africa, we always offer Free Basic Beekeeping Training Services. This covers Introduction to Beekeeping theory, importance of the Honey Bees, types of Bees, Types of beehives, how to set beehives in an Apiary, how to maintain beehives in an Apiary. In most cases we do offer these free Beekeeping lessons to investors or individuals who have expressed an interest to purchase a minimum of 10 beehives from our company. ALSO READ

The biggest challenge in Honey Production in Kenya is that many farmers do not understand the secret of attracting bees in to a beehive. This makes Kenya rank low compared to her peers in African continent.

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