Do-it-yourself bee remover: varieties and instructions for creating

Do-it-yourself bee remover: varieties and instructions for creating

The bee remover is used to remove workers from the honey body. This is one of the necessary devices in beekeeping, facilitating the work of the beekeeper. Consider the varieties of this simple device, how to use it, the advantages of its use. The design of the bee remover and how to make it yourself for use in the home apiary.

Why do you need a bee remover

The bee remover is used when frames with ready-made honey need to be cleaned of working insects. It is placed under the frame. The principle of operation is based on the instinctive behavior of bees.The bee remover blocks the path to the main nest, and the bees tend to get there. There is only one way out - through a hole in the center of the device. Bee removers save a lot of time, they leave the insects faster than if you manually shake the insects from each frame.

The device speeds up and facilitates the work that is required to remove honey cases. Protects the beekeeper from possible aggression of the wards. You can shoot frames freely and slowly.

Varieties of design

Devices are divided into complete, which do not have moving parts, and with moving parts. The Quebec and 16-way bee removers are the first type, the Porter model is the second.


This is a square shaped bee remover with a hole in the center. The dimensions of the hole are about 8 cm. The surface of the device is made of plywood, slats 8 by 10 mm in size are nailed to it from below. They are arranged in the form of 2 triangles, one of which is placed in the other.The distance between them is 2 cm. The dimensions of the sides of the outer triangle are 30 cm, the inner triangle is 19 cm. At the corners, the slats are not connected, there is a distance of 8 mm between them. From below, the triangles are closed with a mesh that does not let the bees through. All insects leave the hive body for the nest in 12 hours or more.

Porter's Tool

This type of device is based on the use of 2 strips of brass, which are connected in such a way that they form a wedge. When the bees pass, the strips move apart, after which they return back. Porter's bee remover does its job at the same speed as Quebec - the bees leave for the nest at most in a day. Device measures 10.5cm long x 7.5cm wide x 12cm high.

Bee remover 16-way

Made of plastic in the form of a circle, 16 paths radiate from the center, along which the bees descend into the nest.

All types of bee removers can be used if there are no gaps in the hive through which insects can enter back.

How to make a bee remover with your own hands

You can make a bee remover with your own hands. This does not require a lot of time and materials.

They can be bought or found in your own household. This is plywood, fiberboard, wooden slats, a fine mesh that will hold the bees and guide them to the exit hole.

Let's see how to make a Quebec model bee remover. Work sequence:

  • Cut out a square from plywood to fit the dividing grid between the socket and the body.
  • In the center make a hole with a diameter of 5 cm.
  • Nail the slats with a stapler, laying out triangles from them. In the corners you need to leave holes for the passage of bees. Hole size - 7-10mm, triangles should be placed 1cm apart.
  • On top of the slats, nail a galvanized mesh.
  • Also nail the slats on the sides of the square.

Instead of a triangle, you can make a catcher in the form of another geometric figure. The effect is the same, but the device already has a different number of moves. Their number affects the speed with which the bees can leave the housing: the more moves, the more active the insects will be.

It is very easy to use the device. It must be put in place of the grating that separates the nesting chamber and the hive body.You need to install it tightly so that there are no gaps between the device and the case. The bees enter the central hole and exit the nest through holes in the corners of the triangle. They cannot return back. After 12-24 hours, the device can be removed and the frames removed.

You need to install devices in the evening, by morning all the bees can move to the nest. Before this, you need to raise the case with honey, put an extension with dry land under it. Then put the remover, and on top of it - a honey body with honey. Such work does not take much time. The bees gradually go to the fresh extension, where they leave the nectar. The frame with honey can now be removed and removed from the hive.

You need to install fixtures at least a day before taking out the frames. Sometimes not all bees go to the nest, some accumulate under the net. Shake them off by hand.

Assembling the removers with your own hands is not a difficult process.Any beekeeper can pick up materials, cut slats and a sheet of plywood to size, assemble everything into a whole. The size of the bee removers are suitable for a standard hive, they fit perfectly into it. After use, they should be cleaned, dried and stored away.

A bee remover needs to be purchased or made by every beekeeper. This simple device greatly facilitates the work, you do not need to remove the bees from the frames with your hands, exposing yourself to the danger of being stung. Saves time spent on work. While the bees are moving on their own, you can do some other work.

To carry out the removal of bees simultaneously in all hives, you need to purchase as many removers as there are colonies in the apiary. The device is light and small, well stored, plastic and wooden products are easy to clean. If handled and stored with care, they can last for many years.

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