A Robbing Screen for your Bee Colony.
Are wasps an issue for your Bees colonies? Have you lost hives to these pesky little devils?
Maybe you have robbing bees trying to steal your girls Honey?
Do you need a way to help prevent Robbers attacking your bee colonies, try out the “kiwimana Robbing Screen.”
This screen is attached to front of your beehive over the entrance. It comes with a 90cm Bungy cord. The Bungy cord goes around the bottom box, this prevents the Robbing screen being blown off by the wind. Or removed by very strong wasp nests. The screen sits on the landing board as photo shows, and is designed for a solid wood baseboard, mesh-board or baseboard with risers that finish the length of the hive-box only.
The Robbing Screen has three modes:-
- Fully open entrance
- Small opening, two bee spaces for an active robbing situation
- Closed Entrance (for extreme robbing incidents or when hive is being moved)
Wasps and other attackers tend to try and enter the entrance via the base of the Robbing Screen, due to the attraction to the scent of your colony.
Your resident bees work out the new screen. They clean and make it smell of the colony with propolis, they will adapt to the screen within a couple of days.
Place the screen on the hive at night – when all the girls are home – if you have time, you can close the access until the next morning. This will make your bees check-out the screen, then open access. Then you will see the girls take-off and re-orientate to the new entrance.
The Robbing screen also works to deter other robbing honey bees as well as common or German wasps.
The kiwimana robbing screen could also be used when moving hives in your apiary, the new entrance forces the field bees to re orientate to the new location.
The entrance is 405 mm wide and designed to fit a standard Langstroth 10 frame hive box, additional tape or wood may be required if you don’t have a standard entrance way. Custom units can be made on request.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
Please note access cover can be either plastic or metal depending on availability.
Here is a paper from the University of California on how to Prevent Robbing:-
Preventing Robbing with a Robbing Screeen
Other methods to keep wasps our of your hives:-
German Wasps – How to Keep them out of your bee hives