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House Bee
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« on: April 30, 2005, 12:07:31 AM »

I've combined my bottom board and stand together and I was wondering if I shoule have some air holes in the bottom of the hive covered with hardware cloth or wire mesh for ventilation?

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2005, 06:57:07 AM »

As far as ventilation goes,  I find upper ventilation more important that bottom.  With proper upper ventilation, the normal lower entrance is more than sufficient.  A screened bottom board is also considered part of IPM,  though there is a lot of debate of how effective it really is.  I find it does provide an easy non-disruptive method to see mite drop when used with a tray.

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