The summer is a time, when the bees and hives are occasionally exposed to strong sunlight and high temperatures. In these day`s air temperatures over reach well over 35 ºC (95 ºF). This means that the bees have to cool the temperature in hive and this is done with the help of additional water that they accumulates in the nearest source.
Therefore, at this time is very important that the bees have easy access to the source of clean water.
In the case that the bees do not get enough water, they become more aggressive, consequently, it is difficult to work with bees. Keep in mind that bees with water source near by hive, collect more pollen and honey.
The most ideal is if the hive is located in close to the water, as long as the beekeeper such locations can not provide is morally obliged to provide a system for the supply of bees with clean water.
What happens if the bees don`t get access to clean water?
As mentioned before, the bees are more aggressive in addition, they bring less honey and pollen. But water is vital fort hem, so they look everywhere, even in puddles and various water sources. Such water is mostly polluted, it contains harmful microorganisms.
Beside that, what can beekeeper in the summer time provide?
In addition to the supply of water is necessary to provide adequate air ventilation in the bee house and in hives.
It is also important how hives are oriented. The best orientation for bees is southeast, because in the morning bees begin to fly early and in the late afternoon bees get a little shade.
Think about that, after all, as you probably would not be comfortable if in the summer you would not have access to shade and water 🙂
Examples hot to provide clean water
Source: http://czs.si/novice_podrobno.php?sif_no=3872 and http://www.pcelinjak.hr/index.php/Vijesti-i-obavijesti/profesionalna-higijenska-pojilica-za-pele.html.