A Robbing Screen for your Bee Colony.
Are wasps an issue for your Bees colonies? Have you lost hives to these pesky little devils?
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 Robbing Screen has three modes:-
- Fully open entrance
- Small opening, two bee spaces for an active robbing.
- 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 scent of your colony. Your resident bees work out the new entrance and adapt quickly to the new entrance. The robbers don’t adapt and fail to get into your colony.
Place the entrance on the hive at night time, so bees in hive re-orientate to the new entrance on the next working day.
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 ordinate to the new location.
The entrance is 405 mm wide and designed to fit a standard Langstroth hive box, additional tape or wood may be required if you don’t have a standard entrance way. Custom units can be made by 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