3.2.1.2. Painting and colouring

Hives should be protected with paint that does not harm bees. If oil dyes are used for hive protection, the overlaying paint has to dry and the polymerisation process has to be finished prior to hive use. Special care should be placed in choice of dyes in order to ascertain that they do not contain insecticides or other components that are long retained in the wood and gradually released. The hive entrances can be painted different colours to help bees in orientation and to reduce drifting between hives.