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Insect ID Clinic


Honey Bee Diagnostic Services

Bears and other medium to large mammals


Ranges from killing bees as they enter/exit the hive to complete hive destruction.


  • Bears: Electric fencing can help but only if installed prior to the bears finding the hives. Once they learn of the reward the fence will not keep them out.
  • Skunks: Trapping is not advised due to the odor. Fencing around hive can help keep skunks away from the hive entrance. Also elevating the hive prevents the skunks from feeding on the bees as they enter/exit.


Other Useful Sites:

References used:

Root, A. I. (1990) The ABC & XYZ of bee culture 40 th ed. A.I Root Co. Medina, OH.



April 3, 2008