Screen for Small Hive Beetles?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by powwowman, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. powwowman

    powwowman New Member

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    I am planning to put screens on the bottom of a couple of TBH to be used next year. I have had a lot of trouble with small hive beetles this year. I am planning to incorperate a SHB trap under the screen. My question is this,... Is 1/4 inch screen a good size? Is it too large? Will this allow bees through it too?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Bees, including the queen, can go through 1/4 wire. SHB can go through 1/8 wire.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    and another reason I have never liked screened bottom boards.... I say why not provide a revolving door so the small hive beetle will feel more at home.
     
  4. powwowman

    powwowman New Member

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    Thanks for your post.:smile: I don't intend to use screen bottoms. Just gonna cut a couple elongated holes in the bottom and cover with screen and attach a pan of oil directly under. These SHB were quite a pain this year here in KY.
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    Powwowman..... bees tend to propolise any kind of a crack or defect where the cold air might blow in. if you use 1/8" hardware wire the wire will tend to remain open although the bees may totally block off the spot with a dab of propolis.... on the other hand if you use plain old metal window screen fairly quickly the screen itself will be closed off with propolis and essentially become a plug.