This Screened Bottom Board is designed and built to help in the fight against the Varroa Mite. We have designed the Kiwimana meshboard to fit the Langstroth type hive dimensions.
The upper section of the “Kiwimana Meshboard” is produced from New Zealand locally sourced renewable wood. The meshboard comes in either pine or macrocarpa.
Macrocarpa is one of the most naturally durable exotic softwoods grown in New Zealand. It is resistant to insect and borer attack in its sawn form. The legs of the Screened Bottom Board are made from treated pine.
The mesh is made from stainless steel and the holes are 2.5mm x 2.5mm. The boards have been painted with Linseed oil to further preserve them. We have been using these Screened Bottom Board for years.
Benefits of a Screened Bottom Board
- A Screened Bottom Board can be used as part of a natural way to reduce the Varroa destructor mite. The falling mites goes through the mesh and lands on the ground and die and, as the bees enter the hive from the landing board, it will prevent the mites from re-attaching themselves to another bee.
- The Kiwimana Meshboard can provide the hive with a temperature controller and an air circulation system. This works by allowing the air into the hive thus reducing the need for fanning over summer which is required to keep the temperature within the hive down. The increased air circulation means that you will reduce the amount of condensation in the hive over winter.
- The Kiwimana Meshboard can be used for monitoring the Varroa Count by using a recycled corflute inspection board (supplied) which can slide in and out from the rear so as not to interfere with the flightpath of the bees.
Keep your bees healthy this Beekeeping season with this great addition to your hive.
The board dimensions are 560mm x 410mm x 120mm and it weighs around 5 kg.