3 Tips For Using Wax On Your Wooden Beehive

Posted: May 10, 2019

There’s an estimated 212,000 beekeepers in the U.S. Most beekeepers build artificial hives for bees out of wood, using beehive wax to protect it. Keep reading to learn three facts about using beehive wax to create a colony in your own backyard.

Beehive Wax

1. Wax Blend

Beehive wax is a combination of paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. Paraffin wax is a petroleum wax derived from crude oil. It is a versatile wax type that is colorless and odorless. Microcrystalline wax is another petroleum wax derived from crude oil. It is flexible and acts as a binder to stick to the wooden hive.

2. Protection

Coating the wood hive in wax preserves the wood, but it also helps protect the bees from diseases. Protecting bees from disease is very important since many bee colonies are starting to die off. Preserving the wood adds an extra layer of protection from environmental factors that can damage the hive and cause it to rot. Rotting hives are hazardous to bees because it exposes the hive to weather.

3. How To

Beehive wax is easy to apply to the wooden hives. This video has in-depth, step-by-step instructions for how to coat wooden hives.

If you are in need of beehive wax for your hives, check out our online store. If you have questions about beehive wax, contact us.


2 Replies to “3 Tips For Using Wax On Your Wooden Beehive”

  1. Scott says:

    Do you know of anyone in Southern California that does hive dipping?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thanks for inquiring! Unfortunately, we are not aware of anyone that does hive dipping in California.

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