I've got 6 of them. They all kill a few bees every now and then, but if you make sure there are no bees on the underside of the SBBOk I have 2 new hives. Both have FSBT on them... I installed my bees Monday.... today I pulled out the oil tray just to look and there layed 20 or 30 dead bees...... I don't see any possible way they could have go in there..... Anyone have a guess?
What do your traps look like? I'd like to build my own rather than buy them.I make my own traps and use #8 wire for just this reason. The #6 seems to be too big for my bees and I wind up with bees in the oil. And here I thought it was just my bees that this happens to!
This is the one I have. I enclosed the pan so the bees can't get underneath. I had more bees getting in before I did. Now almost none. I never see loose shb any more since I put it it. Plenty of dead ones.
Ya I know #7 is ideal but not buy able . I can get #8 local for cheap. I'm remod'n my screened brushy mountain's so they don't have a ledge and has a oil tray .> What size screen is the Freeman's thought I read its #8 size .
If you are going to make your own trap, #8 screen/hardware cloth is your only real choice. #7 is a better choice in theory, but it is impossible to find #7 hardware cloth at an affordable price.
Hardware cloth with smaller numbers (bigger holes) than #7 will allow bees to pass.