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  1. #1
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    Default Wire in the Bottom Board

    I know this has been discussed a dozen times, But. The wire size is this important. Is 1/4 x 1/4 in. to big for the bottom board.

    I have a roll of 1/8 x 1/8 in. as well. The SHB's seem to be able to walk around on the 1/8 x 1/8 , and not fall down to the ground, due to their size.

    Looking for a push in the right direction.

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    SBB were originally for varroa, not SHB. SHB can fly, so nothing will really keep them out. 1/4 will work, but will allow for more robbing if that becomes a problem for you. I use 1/8 on mine.

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    Thanks ross, that would be a problem, coming from under the hive.
    I think I will use the 1/8 in. wire.

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    I have seen SHB go through 1/8 mesh, back and forth. I am considering building my own with denser screen, like window screen.

    GL,
    Summer

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    If you go tighter than 1/8", varroa can't fall through. Now some believe that's not an issue anyway. If ventilation is all you want, anything will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summer1052 View Post
    I have seen SHB go through 1/8 mesh, back and forth. I am considering building my own with denser screen, like window screen.

    GL,
    Summer
    If you decide to try the smaller mesh I'd be interested in hearing how it works out. If you don't go too small I think that varroa might still fall through. Window screen might be too small. On the other hand I believe that restricting the movement of SHB would be good. The real question, in my mind, is at what size opening will the bees begin to patch it up with propolis? They seem to do it a bit around the edges at 1/8in but don't go far inward.
    Anyway....just a thought.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Most the SHB I have observed entering the hive fly in at the same entrance as the bees. They seem to prefer it since they don't have to stop and crawl in and risk being intercepted by a guard bee.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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