Beehives are made of honeycomb, which is beeswax formed into numerous hexagonal cells and arranged in sheets. Beehives may be contained within natural structures such as hollow trees or in man-made structures for easy control of the bee colony.Continue Reading
The beeswax used in honeycomb is produced by bees in a similar manner as honey. Like honey, beeswax is secreted by bees. Young bees between 10 and 16 days old are specialized for beeswax production. They first consume a large amount of honey, then they secrete flakes of wax from special glands. The sheets of beeswax are held together with bee glue, which is wax mixed with plant resin.
Bees use trees, rocks and mud to contain their hives. The exterior of artificial hives is made out of materials that may include wood or clay. Traditional beekeepers often contained their bees within straw skeps, which have a distinct dome shape.Learn more about Stinging Insects
Mann Lake Ltd. sells beehives, protective equipment for beekeepers, smokers, and beekeeper hand tools. The company also offers literature about beekeeping and beekeeping starter kits that include everything a new beekeeper needs to get started except the bees.Full Answer >
To keep bees away, use a clip-on bee or wasp repellent, dryer sheets or a brown paper bag. Cucumber and cloves also work well to keep bees away.Full Answer >
Plants do not repel bees because of the dependent relationship between plants and bees. Plants are designed to attract bees. Bees are necessary to pollinate plants to ensure that new plants continue to grow.Full Answer >
WebMD suggests putting a paste of baking soda and water directly on the sting site. An ice pack can also be applied to relieve pain and swelling. If the site is itchy, calamine lotion may be helpful.Full Answer >