Woven wire mesh with 8 mesh spaces per inch is commonly used in beekeeping to create screens or barriers that allow for ventilation and prevent bees from escaping. It provides the necessary protection while allowing for airflow and visibility, together with pest control.
These are available in two sizes covering the 8 Frame and 10 Frame sizes.
- 8 Frame Size - 468 x 352mm (approx)
- 10 Frame Size - 472 x 410mm (approx)
Here are some common applications of woven wire 8 mesh in beekeeping:
Beehive Screen Bottom Board: A bottom board with a woven wire 8 mesh screen allows for ventilation and helps control mites and pests by providing a mite-falling platform. It allows mites to fall through the mesh, reducing their population in the hive.
Ventilation and Entrance Guards: Woven wire 8 mesh can be used to create screens for ventilation or as entrance guards. These screens can be placed over hive entrances to regulate airflow, prevent unauthorised` access by other bees, or deter hive robbing.
Top Ventilated Board: This is designed to keep the bees from moving further upwards and keep all bees below. This is useful when moving bees whilst providing ventilation towards the top of the hive.
Swarm Traps: Beekeepers often use swarm traps to capture swarming honeybees and establish new colonies. Woven wire 8 mesh can be used to construct the trap, allowing bees to enter but preventing them from leaving.
When selecting woven wire mesh for beekeeping, it's important to ensure that the material is corrosion-resistant and durable to withstand the outdoor conditions. Stainless steel is a popular choice due to its durability and resistance to rust. Additionally, make sure the mesh size and wire thickness are appropriate for your specific beekeeping needs.
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