Install Package Bees in Langstroth Hive

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Learning how to install package bees isn’t all that difficult, but if you are new to beekeeping, it can be helpful to review the process from start to finish.

You’ll want to pick up your bees as soon as possible from your local dealer or from the post office. To control temperature and ward off any stray bees flying around your vehicle, a big sheet comes in handy. Keeping them in a trunk is acceptable as well, as long as it isn’t an exceptionally hot day. If you are unable to install them promptly, keep them in a temperate location (not too cold or hot), like a dark, draft-free basement, garage, or outbuilding. If they have run out of feed — generally a tin can inserted into the package — you can mist the outside of the package screen twice a day with a 1:1 sugar syrup in a clean spray bottle.

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