There are many amazing things to do with bees, the top and the most important on is how they make a sweet substance using crude materials. I know you admire the industrious nature of your bees, but that isn’t all. The best thing about bees is their organization and how each type of bee plays its roles without failure.
However, things can go wrong when you lose your queen because the worker bees will try to take its duties. The process doesn’t just happen overnight but can take sometimes spanning even to three weeks. Also, the workers can take the laying responsibility when the queen becomes infertile. It can get worse when many worker bees start to lay eggs
How do you know that there are laying workers in your hive?
It’s very clear that routine inspection of the beehive is important because it can help to establish the presence of laying workers. The first way to discover this is very simple; if your queen bee had died, then it’s obvious you’ve laying workers.
The next way to establish if you’ve laying workers is to observe the number of eggs in a single cell. Most queens lay a single egg within each cell, but laying workers can end up laying multiple eggs in different cells. However, new queens also have the habit of laying workers of laying eggs in random locations.
The position of the egg in a cell matters a lot. A queen bee has a long abdomen that makes it lay her eggs in the center of the cells. The laying workers who have short abdomen can only manage to lay their eggs at the periphery of the cells.
Doing away with the laying workers
I’m sure that by now you’ve seen that there’s no point of having many laying workers in the hive. When the number of laying workers increases, it means that there’ll be inadequate workers to perform other duties. It’s important to get rid of the laying workers before their numbers reach uncontrollable height.
Getting rid of laying workers and introducing a new queen is a complex process as workers will constantly kill your new queen. It’s important to have an additional hive without bees where you need to transfer all the bees. You need to ensure that all the bees are out of the hive. Remove the stubborn laying workers with the help of Bush brush. Do this when you’re 100 yards away from the old location.
You can remove every frame to be sure that not even a bee is remaining. Once you’re done with this, you can return the frames to their initial positions. Return the hive to its original place and put it slightly higher than it was before. Of course, you’ll find some bees are already waiting, but the good news is that they’re old foraging bees. The procedure will successfully eliminate the young laying workers.
Another way to save your colony is by suppressing the laying workers’ ovaries. It isn’t as easy as I say it because the culprits will thwart your effort every time you try it. You can do this by introducing open worker brood every five days until the bees begin to take care of the new queen.
Destroy the hive
It can reach a point when the only option you remain with is to dismantle the hive altogether. It’s a sad experience, but it will be safe to start a fresh than staying with the unproductive bees. Of course, some bees will die, but others will find entry to the neighboring hives.