Bee-keeping – Painting of Hive

Q: I am a first-time bee keeper. I received several used supers and was told to clean them up and repaint them. I painted the inside by mistake. Will this harm the bees?

A: UGA bee expert Keith Delaplane says it’s not the end of the world. Put your supers out in the sun to heat up and evaporate volatile compounds in the paint. When you put bees in the hive they may ignore the paint or they may cover it with a thin layer of wax. Give them a good environment plus regular care and they should make plenty of honey for you.

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