2015 Survey Q & A – Hive Placement

Q-(The survey) seemed very thorough. Maybe you’d want to know if hives were in sun or shade, sheltered, etc.

A-Thank you for sending us your information on overwintering success. You commented on the last page that perhaps we would like information on “if hives were in sun or shade, sheltered, etc.” We did not include that question but we do know hives in sunny, well air-drained locations with good hive ventilation have an advantage in combating varroa mites and are generally healthier than those in heavy shaded sites. We have elected to focus on other factors with our survey although the check box on site selection does attempt to get at obtaining this information.

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