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charentejohn
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:23 am    Post subject: Asian hornet muzzles Reply with quote

Having lost a colony 2yrs ago due to asian hornets, pinned the bees down and weakened them. I am now starting again and made some of the 'muzzles' which I think will be an improvement on the smaller mesh ones.
I tried the small mesh, 10mm, and they were a bad idea. Too small and just slowed the bees, I am now trying 25mm chicken wire.

My thoughts and some examples are in this document if you would like a look. Just some starter for 10 ideas feel free to play aorund for best results.
Thought it best to put this out now so people can prepare.

https://1drv.ms/b/s!AgZCpYNgfmp7g0MaxssgRLxsNLq4?e=1TagaX
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