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    Default Mite counting.

    Is there a manufacturer of the mite sticky boards for migratory pallets where the slider tray can be inserted and removed from the side.
    Or, I can make them by modifying the "old design" that is sold by Mann Lake.
    Eneything that i see on-line are using a tray that is on the back side of the hive.

    Thank you,
    Ernie
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    Default Testers

    Hi Ernie
    I make myself inserts from 3/16 slats that I can slide in the front. Covered on top with 1/8 hardware cloth and underneath shelf paper ( sticky side up duh ) The sides are say 18" by 4"-5" wide. Not full size but I just extrapolate from the count. Put them under main brood area. Does that make sense?

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    So there is a rectangle at the end of two long handles. Just stick them in the entrance, handles sticking out ID which colonies and make it easy to remove.

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    Default Mite counting

    Thanks Tom!

    My problems are:
    There is only a 7" gap for the bees to enter the hive and the hive sits on a 3/8" bee way space.
    I will try to make up a prototype according to your suggestions.
    The recent rains have germinated the fall flora. But, the north east winds will dry out the small plants.
    Ernie
    Ernie
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    Default Inserts

    I usually lift up the hive a little to make it easier to insert, plus after the back of the rectangle is past entrance they have ez access to frames. Let me know if you don't have a good pic in your mind. Slats are 3/4" x 3/16' thick x desired dimensions of testing area plus length for handles.

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    Default NE Winds

    I know it's just awful trying to keep bees in SoCal!

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