Any negative in leaving robber screens on through winter?
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  1. #1
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    Default Any negative in leaving robber screens on through winter?

    Planning on going to smallest entrance reducer sometime in mid to late November after I do final OAV treatment for the year. When that is done I will not be messing with them until early spring, and was just wondering if there was a downside to putting the robber screens back on or not?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Any negative in leaving robber screens on through winter?

    Months from now, the screens will have gotten stuff on theirnsurfaces and be far less effective as robbing screens.

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    Default Re: Any negative in leaving robber screens on through winter?

    I want my bees flying directly out then back in after pooping. No jacking around getting through or back through a robber screen. Of course it might be nice and warm there all winter.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Any negative in leaving robber screens on through winter?

    Probably a bit dry up there this time of year, could cause something of a dearth with associated robbing. I don't think it would hurt much until you get some significant rainfall.
    I don't know how cold the winters get up there compared to here but we don't have winter to speak of. Bees flying 365 days a year around these parts.
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