Re: A small hive beetle trap.
snakejumper, "they" say the slatted bottom rack provides additional cluster space for bees, allows air circulation without allowing a direct draft on the brood, and helps prevent swarming. Also, if you get the Killion style which has the slats running parallel to the frames like I did, they say the queen will lay in the lower brood chamber. It all sounded good and the racks have been around for a long time, so I figured there must be something to it and I did notice a lot less bearding on hot days with them in place. The way I figure it, my ladies are working hard every day for the limited number of days they have, so why not spoil them a little while they're here.
Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 9 small cell hives and 8 NUCs!!