In the battle against the “Varroa Destructor Mite”, beekeepers need a few tricks to help combat theses nasty, virus spreading parasites. One such method is Drone Brood Removal using a Drone Management Frame. Sold separately.
This is an organic practice of culling Drones from this specifically built frame every 24 days or when you notice the drone-comb has been capped.
The female Varroa Mites prefer Drone brood due to the increased gestation period plus the larger cell gives plenty of space for reproduction; Drone brood is 8-10 times more attractive to a female mite. Culling the drones on this frame is part of a program to naturally reduce mites in your hive. (if you are averse to killing all – you can use your capping-scratcher to remove wax-cappings from some, to check the presence of varroa on the larvae)
We recommend you have one frame per brood box. Placed third frame in, some folks have two one on either side. Installation at end of Winter when you see increased egg-laying to be there before Spring.
The tops of the frames are coloured green to make them easier to spot in your hive. The colouring is a food-colouring which does not harm the bees.
The frames come in either full-sized or 3/4 sized Langstroth frames with a small plastic comb in the top section.
You use your hive tool or knife to remove all the capped drones below the top section on inspection. The bees normally use the top part of the frame to store food for the brood.
This product forms part of a Integrated Pest Management
Please read this article by Randy Oliver about his experience of Drone Brood Management.
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