Category Archives: Hive features

Robber Screens Prevent Genghis Khan-like Bee Raids

Robber Screens Prevent Genghis Khan-like Bee Raids

When the nectar flow in your area stops (here in Virginia it happens mid-late June), the honey bees will commence the robbing.  With limited wild nectar to harvest, they will try to find food wherever they can. Attracted to the smell of honey and sugar syrup coming from other hives, honey bees will become like…Continue Reading

Screen Bottom Board Helps Reduce Varroa Mites

Screen Bottom Board Helps Reduce Varroa Mites

The idea of having a screen bottom board made from 1/8” hardware cloth is that the mites will fall through the screen when the bees groom them off.  With the solid bottom board removed (only recommended in summer when nighttime temperatures are regularly above 55°F), the mites will fall to the ground and hopefully, die…Continue Reading

Air Sealed Bee Hives Keep the Cold Out

Air Sealed Bee Hives Keep the Cold Out

It is important that a beehive is protected from drafts especially in the winter when cold air can blast through the hive causing unnecessary chilling.  If you have ever sat by a leaky window on a cold day, you know how cold it can get with even a small amount of cold air blowing in.…Continue Reading

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