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Some weeds have grown up in front of some of my hives. I can still see the entrances and I do use a 1/2 inch entrance hole in the second box too. Thought about leaving them to discourage robbing during the dearth. Not sure if they would help any with robbing. Anything wrong with leaving them?
 

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I usually hand pull the weeds right in front so the bees don't have to take the time to slow down to fly into the entrance. Won't hurt if they stay though.
 

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i as well. probably should pull the weed wacker out. won't help with robbing. only robber screens do. make up some simple ones.
 

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When its a rainy day and you think there is nothing to do, pull the weeds. Rain helps them pull out better and the bees won't be out. J
 

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Whenever I am doing hive inspections, I pull the weeds that are near the entrances. Don't worry so much about the others. Weeds will not slow robbing at all. They are just an obstacle for the returning foragers.
 

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I'm the same - will pull any near the entrances whenever I spot any during an apiary inspection, but I don't lose any sleep over any I might miss - just 'as and when I notice them'. It would be nice if weeds helped to deter robbers - but they don't - only a purpose-made screen will do that.
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I guess I'm lazy; I just hit the weeds around hives with a weed eater. The closest thing some of my out yards have seen resembling a lawn mower is a brush hog a few times a year and pulling weeds just isn't a good option for keeping the surrounding area open and the poison ivy down.

As noted above, leaving the weeds does no real harm but does restrict the flight paths and increase any traffic jams.
 

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I guess I'm lazy; I just hit the weeds around hives with a weed eater. The closest thing some of my out yards have seen resembling a lawn mower is a brush hog a few times a year and pulling weeds just isn't a good option for keeping the surrounding area open and the poison ivy down.

As noted above, leaving the weeds does no real harm but does restrict the flight paths and increase any traffic jams.
Same here, I'll use the weed eater when needed to keep down anything that can make a bridge for our fire ants
 
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