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New Bee
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Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada

« on: September 12, 2010, 08:22:16 PM »

I have a salt water hot tub and every other day, there are hundreds of bees that I have to clean out of it. I can see them flying from the colony, onto the lid, drinking the water and flying back. The ones that are dead, are in the hot tub itself.

Any solutions?

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Galactic Bee
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Location: Hiram, Georgia

« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 08:52:37 PM »

Get a bee proof cover for it. 
Field Bee
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 05:29:51 AM »

Get them their own hot tub?  Actually, you need to provide them with a better source for water.  I use a bird bath and three chicken waters set up near the hives to provide them with water.  That way they leave tne neighbors' swimming pools alone.
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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 07:20:17 PM »

I had this problem real bad in the Spring...even with lots of other fresh water sources that were closer to the bees.  I would have to clean out hundreds a day...most would drink the moisture from the top of the cover and the seams, but the ones who found a way through a gap all ended up in the water, clogging the pump grates and the filter.  I had to get a new cover that sealed better and it seems to have stopped the problem.

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