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 your bees guard their entrance ? our “kiwimana Robbing Screen” will help.
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, to hold it onto the box. Or removed by very strong wasp nests. The screen sits on the landing board as photo shows, and is designed for a langstroth type Beehive box sitting 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 – Summer / Spring
- Small opening, for an active robbing situation – Autumn / Winter
- Closed Entrance, for extreme robbing incidents or when moving Beehives – plastic or metal cover over the small access
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. The robbing-screen prevents immediate access into the hive unlike merely reducing the entrance. The robbing screen gives a fenced area which the guard bees will patrol (bit like having a fenced front yard).
When adding the robbing-screen, do this 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 plastic cover. Then you will see the girls take-off and re-orientate to the new entrance.
Your resident bees work out the new screen, they will clean it, and propolise it to make it smell of the colony, they will adapt to the screen over a few days.
The Robbing screen also works to deter other robbing honey bees as well as common or German wasps.
The kiwimana robbing screen can be used when moving Beehives in your apiary or to other locations. Simply close the small access cover.
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. (09) 810 9965
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