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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: beegym Reply with quote

A beeshop in The Netherlands had a beegym for sale this week.
Is there anybody with some experience with this device? And can it be used in a topbar hive?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how effective it is but I see no reason why it shouldn't work. I spoke with one of the researchers who was trailing it in the hives at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I wasn't eligible for the trial because I don't have enough hives of any one type.

The theory is that bees passing through the gap under the wire have the mites brushed off them and if there is an open mesh floor they won't get back on. I imagine that it's usefulness would be limited with a solid floor. Not sure about a deep litter - haven't tried one of them yet.
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