You don't have to be a bee keeper to use one of our hives. All you have to do is remove the hive from the shipping box, place it near your garden on a cinder block or bricks, open the hive entrance, and walk away. The bumblebees will do the rest. Sheltering the hive from the elements (sun and rain) can further enhance your hive's performance.
Please note that we ship the Bumblebee hives when ordered. Please make sure that your temperatures are appropriate for the bumblebees to survive.
Bumblebees are used world-wide for the pollination of tomato crops resulting in enormous savings in labor costs, improvements of fruit quality and sometimes even increased production. In recent years the use of bumblebees has expanded to a range of other crops. Bees are an excellent pollinator of many fruit crops, both indoors and outdoors. Also in the domain of seed selection and seed production, bumblebees have proven to be useful.
What species of bee do we sell? Bombus impatiens were chosen for the eastern parts of North America.
Why Bumble Bees? In comparison with other pollinating insects like honeybees, bumble bees are very effective pollinators. They are first of all fast workers (for instance, they visit twice as many flowers per minute as honeybees), and because of their size, they can carry relatively heavy loads, which enables them to make long foraging trips. Also due to their relatively large size they often achieve better contact with stamens and pistils than smaller insects.
Furthermore, bumble bees make relatively few demands on the circumstances under which they work. They feel more at ease in greenhouses/tunnels than honeybees for instance, particularly where restricted areas are concerned. Bumble bees are still active at relatively low temperatures (around 50°F or 10°C) and low light intensity levels. Even strong wind and drizzle will not keep them from doing their job.
One important advantage of bumble bees over honey bees is the absence of a communication system. Honeybees inform each other by means of the so-called bees' dance of the presence of an attractive food source outside the crop in which their pollination activities are required, as a result of which the bees may leave collectively. Bumble bees do not have such a communication system. Should an individual bumble bee find an attractive food source elsewhere, it cannot inform its companions, so that the other bumble bees will continue to work in the crop in which their services are required.
Another advantage of bumble bees over honeybees, which manifests itself particularly in fruit crops, is the fact that they are not so much tied to a specific area in the crop. They change trees more often and more easily than honeybees. This benefits the cross-pollination which is often required in fruit (especially when it depends on pollen of special "pollinator trees").
Time releases based upon the specific crop(s) you are pollenizing. The Bumblebee Hives last one season - approximately 8 to 10 weeks.
- The Class A Large Hive covers 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.
- The Class B Hive covers 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.
- The Class C Hive covers up to 5,000 square feet.
All hives measure 14" X 12" X 9".
Available East of the Rocky Mountains.
Limited availability west of the Rockies. Call for more information.
Ships via UPS NEXT DAY AIR ONLY.
When will my order be shipped?
• Orders will ship Monday through Thursday, Next Day Air.
• Orders placed Friday through Sunday will ship by Tuesday. Please allow up to two business days to process your order.