The bee population has reached its peak to extinction and considering their great value for the mankind they have come to the spotlight. Their decline in number is very alarming as one third of all crops depend on the bees. Bees are natural pollinators allowing us to enjoy many produce that we usually take for granted.
The main causes for their rapid decline are climate change, overuse of pesticides, and mites. These hard-working insects pollinate a wide range of fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, melons, cherries, kiwis, peaches, cranberries, cucumbers, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, and squash. Plus, it pollinates the sunflowers needed for oil, and when blueberries and almonds are concerned, the honey bee plays a key role in the pollination of commercial crops. This makes around 80% of the US crop dependent on honey bees.
Not only the plant produce depends on the bees but as well as the dairy and meat industry since honey bees are in charge of the pollination of alfalfa and clover, staple foods for the cattle. Lack of this food will for sure influence the production of the products in the dairy and meat industry.
In addition to this, honey bees pollinate flax and cotton from which we make many products for daily use. There are also the non-food products like beeswax that is added to various cleaning and beauty products.
People have become aware of the importance of the survival of honey bees and they are doing their best to help in their preservation. Many have decided to keep their own beehives thus contributing to the increase of the bee population meanwhile enjoying their most valuable product, the organic honey.
A Homemade Beehive
You can make your own homemade beehive and the one we suggest is from a bee keeper who invented it by himself. This invention allows other people to keep bees in a simple way. Here below are the steps how to build your own beehive:
– Pre-made bottom beehive kit
– Jars (for the main beehive)
– 1 piece of wood (2″ x 12″ x 6′), cut two pieces to 22″ each for the sides
– 1 piece of wood (2″ x 12″ x 6′), cut two pieces to 18″ each for the front and back
– 1 piece of wood (1″ x 1″ x 6′), cut two pieces to 22″ each for the top frame’s left and right sides
– 1 piece of wood (1″ x 1″ x 6′), cut two pieces to 18″ each for the top frame’s front and back sides,
– 1 piece of thick plywood cut to 16″ x 20″
– 1 box of 1″ wood screws
– 12 big mouth quart-sized jars for the honeycomb
– A can of dark wood stain.
The plywood will serve as a frame for the beehive kit and for that purpose stain it as you like. Next, drill 12 holes into the 16″ x 20″ piece of plywood so that to screw the mason jars into. For the top frame, screw the four pieces of 18″ and 22″ plywood together. The Mason jars are then being twisted upside-down into the holes, but before placing them, make certain that they are well sanitized. After they are placed, add washers or shims inside them in order to support the weight of the honey. Next, crew the lids of the jars on, and they should fit perfectly into the drilled holes with less than a 1/16″ gap between the jar and the beehive hole. In the end, put the starter strips or empty combs inside the jars, and then add the bees. Once the comb is there, the bees will start their work immediately. Check if the jars are full with honey, if so; twist the lids on, in order for the bees to continue their work while the honey is being harvested.
Make sure to keep the jars in the shade as there is no ventilation and they will heat up quickly with the lids on.
This method will provide you with pure organic honey at all times offering you numerous health benefits, and at the same you are going to help with the increase of the bee population.