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Honey bees can thrive anywhere there is enough nectar and pollen.
The work involved in looking after them is minimal - checking hives
regularly and extracting honey at the end of the season - although
some specialized equipment and training should be considered. The
reward can be more than 45 kg of honey from a single colony, as
well as the important pollination services bees provide.
However, not all cities allow bees, so check your local bylaws.
If beekeeping is permitted, be sure to consult the Bees
Act of Ontario before establishing a colony. Among other things,
this Act sets minimum distances and requires all beekeepers to register
annually with the Provincial Apiarist.
In addition, keep in mind that some people react very badly to
bee stings. Be sure to site the hive away from areas with lots of
human activity to reduce the risk of stings. Providing honey bees
with water may reduce the colony's need to gather water from a neighbouring
pool, while surrounding a colony with barriers higher than five
feet will ensure that the foraging honey bees must fly upwards and
therefore above the heads of neighbours.
To prevent other honey bee colonies from aggressively robbing the
honey stores of your colony, make the colony entrance smaller during
times when there is very little nectar. If robbing takes place,
your bees may display more defensive behaviours.
For more information on beekeeping, see:
The Ontario Beekeepers Association also produces an Ontario Beekeeping
Manual, available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMAFRA's Small Hive Beetle
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