Welcome to my blog. I am a part-time beekeeper, together with a close friend trying to raise these wonderful creatures to pollinate his starfruits farm and of course to get a taste of our own fresh honey.
TBH is not maintenance free. We need to look after them. Example, a TBH being occupied by ants needs to be cleaned up. One of the extreme cases, we need to refurbish the TBH.
This is one example.
This TBH was cleaned and relocated recently. Unfortunately, upon our visit on 11/2/2012, it is occupied by ants again :(
I too the opportunity to refurbish the TBH. I need to clean it from the ants and also fix the legs for this TBH. Previously, we use a "table top" to place the TBH. I hope I can squeeze a bit of time this coming days and reinstall it next weekend.
One of our targets this year is to build more TBH to catch more swamp. Simple maths, the more TBH we have, the more chances we will catch the swamps.
I have been trying to find time to build more TBH. Over the weekends, I managed to build 2 new TBH. We were able to install them on 11/2/2012.
These are the new TBH. The spots where I placed them were once occupied by older TBH. I probably will relocate them soon should we are unable to catch any swamp.
The red water containers are filled with water. This is to prevent ants from climbing up the legs and occupy the TBH. Not an efficient way to prevent ants but better than using any chemical to poison the ants. The roof is necessary to ensure the TBH is covered from the rain. A dry TBH increase the chance to catch the swamp. We once lost a new colony because we failed to put the roof after the occupied an empty TBH. From then on, we ensure we have the roof for all installed TBH.