4.4.4. Dead bee traps requirements as gathered from the literature

  • Traps have to be well designed to allow for easy sample collection.
  • Traps have to be very efficient at trapping only dead bees.
  • Dead bee traps should not obstruct the normal behaviour, productivity and flight of bees.
  • Predators/scavengers should not be able to enter the dead bee traps.
  • Traps have to be resistant to adverse weather conditions.
  • Small, drainage holes for rain water should be present.
  • The dead bee trap should allow for straightforward construction and cleaning.
  • The attachment and removal of the traps from the hives should be uncomplicated.
  • Dead bee traps should be as cost-effective as possible.