Painting your Beehive


While every state in the U.S. currently has record levels of snow on the ground, it’s tough to think Spring. But, did you know it’s actually the time to order your bees? It’s that time of year to plan for your new or expanding apiary. After you place your order for bees, it’s time to think about buying any new or additional equipment you need. If you’re brand new to the hobby, you’ll need to stock up on a range of supplies. To make it easy, the HIVE10KIT provides all the tools you need to get started.

Once your new hive arrives, the next question is how to finish the wood. Since your new pine hive will be exposed to the elements year round, it’s important to either paint or stain your hive to protect the wood.

MIA Rooftop Apiary

University of Minnesota Rooftop Apiary at Minneapolis Institute of Art

While you want to paint the outside to protect the pine from wind, rain, and snow, it is important to leave all of the interior components unfinished. The bees will take care of the interior, and you don’t want to interfere!

If you live in a Northern climate, feel free to paint or stain your hive any color. From modern geometric designs to a natural-looking clear coat, let the hive be your canvas! However, if you are in a Southern state or very warm climate, painting the hive a light color (such as white or pastel) if best to keep the hive as cool as possible during the high heat of summer days.

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2 comments on “Painting your Beehive
  1. Ivy Baker says:

    I liked that you pointed out that the interior of the beehives is unfinished. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of when you want to have a good beehive. I didn’t realize that paint could bother bees and stop them from making a hive.

    • millermfg says:

      Thanks, Ivy! Yes, we recommend only painting the exterior of the hive!

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