Simply Bee harvests its propolis whilst servicing the hives ensuring no bees are harmed or stressed in any way. During the winter months Simply Bees make propolis to protect and disinfect the hive against any potential virus. They produce additional propolis to “plug” ventilation holes in the hive and to close the entrance a little for added protection from winter winds and rain. They will also produce and pack propolis between the honey frames. At harvest time we remove the propolis between the honey frames, open the entrance to the hive and remove the propolis from the plugged ventilation holes. This is where we harvest our propolis. We never remove any propolis from the brood box where the larvae and queen live.