Reading the directions here it says to staple two halves of a strip to the bottom of a Corregated piece and place it on the bottom board. I am wondering if the Beatles can go through this screen mesh on this Screen Bottom board and has anyone had any luck placing the Check Mite strip set up between the screen and the Bottom boards slip in solid board? Or does this take it too far out of the roaming territory of these little buggers?
Or any other arrangements that people have had success with would be appreciated.
My thought was to prepare the strips (stapled) onto this Plastic Corregated (fake cardboard) stuff and then affix (staple again) that whole thing to a thin Paint stirring stick/strip and slide that in so as to be easy to place it and then remove it in 45 days. I figure they will probably stick it down some, but at least I won't have to lift the entire hive body off to place and remove it. Any thoughts on that hair brained scheme?
On another related subject....
I am also storing some Supers with built comb in them over the winter that I just took off. In these, since I do make a lot of Comb Honey and do mostly crush and strain, I want to keep them free of the Check Mite but I am concerned of some beetle activity that might occur over the winter in the storage shed. Even though I had none last year doing this I see a few more Beetles this year so I am going to do something just to be sure, since the Bees are not there to protect it. So my thought here was to place a couple of Dr. Hood's Traps in there. Which I did today. I placed one in the bottom of each stack of supers. 4 supers deep on a drip board and on old Hive lid over that. Put them in the bottom #1 position. Am also thinking about doubling that. One in the top #10 position. Any thoughts on this. If we have mild winter, even though the shed is not heated, we might have some latent activity in there messing up some of my comb. And even though they cannot reproduce on these wood floors, they could mess up some of my comb and I would like to be sure to rid the supers of any activity before I replace them on the Hives next spring. There is some Comb and some comb starters in there. Any thoughts on this other Hair brained scheme?