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.
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.
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.