I've decided to step up and start tracking hive data this year instead of just winging it and dealing with issues as they arise. One of the things I'd like to start doing is monitoring varroa drops. I prefer not to do the alcohol wash, or the sugar shake as they are intrusive, and consume more time. I think the sticky boards will give me the information I want, but I have solid bottom boards and don't plan to change that.
I spent some time with the google, and searching old forum posts and it seem as though some folks just slide the sticky board in and thats it. Mann lake, and maybe others, sell slide in units that consist of a sticky board with a screen over it to keep the bees off the goop. If anyone has experience with using sticky boards on solid bottoms, I'd like to hear about it.
I have a number of questions abotu stickyboards in general. For the "make it yourself" kind of folks, do you use Pam spray, vaseline, spray adhesive, or some other product on the board? I think I'll likely use either corrugated plastic, or aluminum sheet for the actual board. It would be great if there something that would hold fast to the little mites, and allow the bees passage, but that is a pretty tall order, so i think I'll need some screen above the sticky board. If this is teh case, will 1/4" be fine enough? will metal window screen be too fine?
So, if you've got experience, or even just thoughts, I'd like to hear about them. Maybe I'll be able to answer most of my questions and start making the gear.