Only bumblebee workers and queens can sting, males can not.
Suitable for pollinating area between 1100sqm and 1500sqm.
Large hives contain 80-100 worker bees and a Queen.
As a general guide we suggest the following for greenhouse/indoor use;
-less than 750sqm 1x small hive
-750sqm to 1100sqm 1x medium hive
-1100 to 1500sqm 1x large hive
Hives for outdoors use can vary depending on the crop.
- Avocados – 6-7 large hives per hectare or 3-4 per hectare if used in combination with honeybees.
- Kiwifruit – minimum 9 large hives per hectare or 2-3 if used in combination with honeybees.
- Blueberries (covered/cloaked crops) – 6-9 hives per hectare.
- Strawberries (outdoor) – minimum 6x large hives per hectare if no other pollinators are present.
Please contact Zonda if you are unsure about your requirements.
Each hive is guaranteed to last for between 4-6 weeks. The hive will naturally die off at this stage. A new hive would need to be introduced if the crop is still flowering.
Instructions for use
Colonies should be placed on a sturdy support, about 50 cm above the ground; in spring in a sunny place, and later in the season in the shade.
Secure the hive so that ants cannot enter it.
After placement of the hive, let the bumble bees settle down for a while (½ - 1 hour) before opening the flight hole.
Drones fly particularly in the morning and later in the afternoon
Drones can be sensitive to the strong smell in some crops, such as onion and leek, which can decrease productivity. To avoid this, please ensure ventilation is optimal.
Combining the use of bumble bees with natural enemies does not present any problems.
Agricultural chemicals may have direct or indirect effects on the bumble bees. Direct effects occur when worker bees and larvae die as a result of contact with or digestion of a chemical product, indirect effects occur when the smell of the treated flower puts off the bumble bees, causing visits to stop.
Systemic pesticides (pesticides that are absorbed through the roots) often have a long-lasting residual effect. If a flower produces nectar in addition to pollen (e.g. sweet pepper), the damage to the bumble bee population may be much more serious than in a crop that only produces pollen (e.g. tomato).
You will find detailed information about persistence and compatibility of pesticides with bumblebees and most other beneficials online at Koppert’s website: www.koppert.nl
In all cases the BEEHOME option of the hive must be activated before the crop is treated. This option ensures that bumble bees can enter, but not leave the hive. After about an hour the hive can be closed completely, so that it can either be covered or removed from the crop.
If the hive is temporarily removed from the crop, it should be stored at 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.
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