There is Mold in my Feeder!
This is especially common when the weather begins to warm, and you are using a Boardman entrance feeder. Sugar water has a shelf life of 7-10 days so make sure you only give the bees as much as they can consume in that time period.
Using premade syrup from a bee supply company will prevent this from happening, as the mixtures are often made to not ferment or develop mold.
If you do find mold in your feeder,
- Dump out the syrup and clean the feeder thoroughly.
- Next time you make syrup, add a ½ teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of sugar water to prevent mold growing inside feeders. The bees love it, and it does not harm them. Or add 1 teaspoon per quart of Pro Health– a feeding stimulant comprised of lemon grass and spearmint. Not only is it beneficial to your bees, but it also prevents syrup ferment
This inexpensive entrance feeder is suitable for applications needing smaller quantities of feed. Ideal for backyard beekeepers with the ability to refill frequently.
Hive Top Feeder
This feeder is constructed of a single piece of heavy-duty plastic to provide a no-leak reservoir. Featuring a galvanized steel safety screen to prevent drowning of bees
This internal feeder is a favorite for large scale beekeepers. Inexpensive and easy to clean. The cap and ladder system provides stability as well as ensuring minimal drowning.