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  Topic: Mesh floor material
AndrewM

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:57 pm   Subject: Mesh floor material
My first screen had 6 holes per inch and that was to large, SHB came right through. Next screen has 8 holes per inch and is working great. 9 holes per inch is smaller still and should work fine.

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  Topic: Mesh floor material
AndrewM

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:21 pm   Subject: Mesh floor material
Looks like it doesn't get real hot so cooling is not the main issue, though it will help out on 90 degree days.

Mite control is a big factor. If you have a solid bottom, when the mites fall off or ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
AndrewM

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:28 am   Subject: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
I think, to apply Mike's question to the US we would have to ban shipping between states. My bees came from Georgia, not real close and probably not well adapted to Maryland.

I think that the init ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material
AndrewM

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:11 am   Subject: Mesh floor material
I used # 6 SS mesh that I bought here: http://www.twpinc.com/twpinc/control/product/~category_id=TWPCAT_12/~product_id=006X006S0350W48T

The holes are just small enough so the bees cannot get throug ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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