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House Bee
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Location: Hudson Valley,NY

« on: September 18, 2013, 09:52:10 PM »

I attempted to place the slide in inspection board under my SBB and could not due to a decent sized cluster of bees hanging onto the SBB.   When quite a few of them were knocked off they just crawled back under the SBB.

Any thoughts?

Super Bee
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 10:14:52 PM »

All of my SBB are designed for oil trays so they are designed to keep the bees from getting to the inner screen.
Can you staple a window screen to the bottom and make a board to cover the opening in the back?
House Bee
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 10:55:01 PM »

Ran the type of bottoms with a slide in tray for a while, the  robbers are liking to find a easy way in, then some of the hive was hanging out by tray slide fighting them off, ended up with 10 or 20 dead bees a day in a couple hive's trays, yanked those suckers off & threw em on the burn pile, the trays come in useful for trimming wild comb tho.


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Galactic Bee
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 12:44:58 AM »

Best way I've found to get clusters of bees from under a screened bottom board is lots and LOTS of smoke.  Enough smoke and they will disperse.
Queen Bee
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 09:01:38 AM »

Mine done that for a little while when I first got them last June. Have you had yours long?

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 09:23:04 AM »

Tray's should be in now for winter setup. If bottom box is cold they don't work down and store honey above. A bee brush break's off to many legs. Smoke works well and you'll have to smoke heavy to move them off. Just don't burn the wings off them.  shocked
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Glen H
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Location: Bolton Ontario

« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013, 08:23:13 PM »

I have the same problem. Hard to do a descent mite count when you have a bunch of bees crawling all over your pull out sampling boards.


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