We were recently asked for a few tips on relocating bees in their hives to a new locations. You may need to move them to a new yard, relocate them to a different property, load bees up for pollination, or removing them from a property.
Here are some “best practices” for moving bees:
Try to load and move the bees at night
Avoid bright lights (you can use red lights but flashlights will attract bees)
Secure the hive, especially if it’s multiple boxes (you can use ratchet straps if needed)
You can also use hardware cloth across the entrance to keep the bees from escaping but allow air flow
On warm / hot days – keep moving. The airflow keeps the bees from overheating since they are trapped inside.
Move the bees quickly – don’t make unnecessary stops and get them where they’re going ASAP
When we move bees for pollination, we do not secure each entrance, but if they’re traveling further distances, we use a bee net to keep the bees on the truck. For long trips, bees require water breaks and you have to make sure to stop in shady areas.