Koppert – Outdoor [Quad Hive]

$ 324.95

SKU: 5P403K Categories: ,


Bumblebees  5P403K Requires 14-16 weeks advance notice Bumblebees can probably do a better job pollinating your tomato or pepper flowers than you!! Studies show that pollinating tomatoes with bumblebees will give a 3% – 5% increase in yield, with a 5% – 8% increase in fruit size!!Bumblebees can probably do the pollinating job for less money than you can hire it done!! Bumblebees will work 7 days a week!! No time off!! No sick days!! No payroll taxes!! Never too busy to pollinate, bumblebees seem to know exactly when the pollen is ready, resulting in excellent fruit setting. Order by Thursday noon – for next week delivery.

1 Quad / 1-2 Acre

Quad Bombus impatiens

Use Quad for:Pollination of a wide range of open-field crops

Packaging:Each Quad contains 4 large bumblebee colonies including queens, 400-500 workers, brood and sugar water enclosed in a weather-resistant outer unit

General information

When to use Quad?Quad pollination hives (containing four bumblebee colonies) are especially developed for open-field crops. Quad is weather-proof, and the excellent insulation and ventilation allow the bees to perform even better.

Each colony has a Beehome door, which keeps the bumblebees inside the hive upon their return until the door is reopened. After closing the hive with this door, necessary crop protection measures can be applied or the hive can be moved to a new location for the pollination of a different crop. Bumblebee Quads may be placed up to 5 days prior to bloom, depending on crop. Hive development will continue and will last conservatively up to 8 weeks depending on crop management. Bumblebee Quads naturally expire at the end of the season. Please contact your local representative for further information.

How does Quad work?

After their release, female, “worker” bumblebees will start gathering resources (pollen and nectar) for the next batch of offspring and other worker bees. The colony will grow progressively larger over the coming weeks. A hive can reach maturity containing up to ~300-400 workers.

Application Quad

  • Quads should be placed on a pallet or other structure so as to protect it from standing water and increase air flow.
  • One Quad per pallet is recommended to increase distribution points.
  • It is also advisable to utilize a Koppert A-frame shade structure to protect the Quad from direct sunlight.  Another popular method is to use 2 pallets wired or tied at the top to create a pallet A-frame over the Quad. It is important to erect any A-frame structure in relation to the east / west  movement of the sun with the open ends of the A-frame in the north / south direction, keeping the Quad in as much shade as possible.
  • Pull open the 4 flaps on the top of the plastic outer Quad box.
  • Open the hive doors by pulling the sliding gate on each hive upward until the two openings become visible.
  • A paper mesh tape cover is placed over the exit of each hive prior to shipping.  Please do not remove this tape, the bees will chew through the paper within 30 min to 48 hours after delivery. After transit the bees are quite agitated, the placement of the tape allows the end user to safely open doors, as well as allowing the bees to acclimate themselves to their new surroundings. If the bees have not chewed out after 48 hours please call your local representative for further instruction.
  • Due to the ideal foraging range it is always recommended to distribute Quads in the field with a checker board pattern. If the Quad units cannot be placed within the field, they should be evenly spaced along the perimeter of the crop.

Best working conditions QuadQuad performs best at ambient temperatures of between 10-30°C/50-86°F



  • Quad bumblebee hives contain a small amount of sugar water solution to provide resources for the bumblebees during transport.
  • To guarantee the best pollination results, start using the hive on the day of arrival.
  • Start using the hive no later than one day after arrival.
  • Attempt to maintain the bumblebees at a temperature of between 15 – 25°C/59 – 77°F.
  • Avoid direct sunlight on the hive.


Special points of attention

  • Make sure the hives and the entrances are well visible, so the bumblebees can easily find their way home.
  • Please handle Quad unit(s) with the arrows point up. Handling Quad units in other positions may cause damage to the hive(s). Please keep Quad unit(s) level at all times.
  • In case Quad has to be moved to another location it is important that all bumblebees have returned to the hive. Press the blue sliding door down until one of the two openings is closed (the Beehome position). Once closed the bumblebees cannot exit the hive. After a period of approximately 2-4 hours foraging bumblebees will have returned to the nest, you may leave the door in the Beehome position for up 24 hours to ensure adequate trapping. Once you are ready to move, close the blue sliding door completely and place the Quad in the new location. After movement you may let the bumblebees calm down for at least half an hour prior to opening.

Quad Hives not available to be sent to the following States: All of the states West of the Rocky Mountains that receive the queen excluder doors on the hives.

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • Oregon (No bees can be shipped to OR)

Price does not include shipping– Bees will be shipped by NEXT DAY AIR.

California Customers Must Have This Application On File To Receive Bees: 

Just print this form  CA Hive Permit App Web and fill in the personal information.
Then fax it to (916) 654-1018. 

CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture).  On their website,  you will find the fax number and contact information for submitting the application.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
Permits and Regulations Program http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/permitsandregs.html

Oregon Customers: due to regulations and permitting there is a restriction of the sale of bumble bee hives in the State of Oregon. No hives will be sold to customers in Oregon. Sorry.

If you experience any issues with a Hive from Koppert, they have required this document be filled out completely and sent in with the complaint/replacement request. Here is the form and instructions on how to fill it out. Please email or fax a copy to us so we can try to get your issue resolved with Koppert.

Koppert Hive Complaint Form 2021

Hive Complaint Form Instructions 2021

This item is ALWAYS sent direct from the insectary by Next Day Air ONLY. If you select a lesser shipping method, we will upgrade it to the minimum level and your shipping charges will be adjusted.

Shipping will be determined by each order.
The freight that shows on this shopping cart is just an estimate. Actual shipping charges will be adjusted.

Again. The freight shown on this is NOT what it will be. Might be best to call in an order for this item.
(719) 495-2266  or  (888) 693-0578

Additional information

Weight 50 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 22 × 18 in