We battle this ourselves. Sep 23, 9. We placed covers over 3 colony's screen bottom board and left the others open. Screen bottom boards are mesh. I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. That said, some of the benefits listed above are making me want to try them again. But on the other hand, I have some doubts about solid bottom boards because: I really question the efficacy of the screens in terms of any real contribution to mite control! You have to remember, bees need air even during the winter. If you live in a warmer climate with fire ants then you probably are willing to do whatever you can to keep them away from under your hives.
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If there was a right and wrong way all of one will survive and the other perish, but bees adapt to our stupidity quickly. For me here in the south, it is very effective. Going to try to overwinter two 5frame nucs this winter- will put them together in one 10 frame deep with a plastic brood box divider and two entrances, and they'll share a bottom board and cover. However, it should be mentioned that this benefit only applies if you have a see-through stand like cinderblock. This would be because there is nowhere for the mites to run. So, we added Thomas the Tractor to our arsenal against potholes. If you have only 1 or 2 then I recommend that you make the small investment in one of each and try them out yourself.
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Screen Bottom Boards Vs. Solid Bottom Boards: Which Is Better?
Hello i like open screen bottoms but i also like solid how ever i do not like the plastic cardboard slide ins and that why i would sooner use a solid bottom i am how ever look to fine and make or purchase a solid wood board to fit in the open bottom over top the screen for cooler weather and winter if. For example, screen bottom boards are of tremendous benefit in reducing mites in the summer, but should we leave these open for the winter winds? But when I first got started no one really explained to me the benefits they could bring. There are no surprises. Your email address will not be published. I may work up the courage to try it one year not shut off the screen bottom board , but having a relatively small number of colonies, I do not want to risk it. You have to remember, bees need air even during the winter.
Description:Cool air is rapidly replaced with an open bottom. Sep 28, If your hive is up in the air 6 or 8 inches, then you want to prevent cold wind from curling up and blowing onto the cluster. We are located in Wisconsin, so seriously cold winter days can be expected. Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Well, bottom boards can help with that too. I've been working on Thomas for a couple of weeks, repairing hydraulic lines but now the old tractor has joined the work force at the honey bee farm. But that doesn't mean that a screened bottom board wouldn't be an improvement, increasing their chances of survival. And even if you try to stop pests then you have to treat your stands, under your hives, and anywhere else they can sneak through because of the mesh.