So, yupppp, much confusion over SBB in my mind. Some say yes, some say no. I am getting the impression that the SBB is a good way to go, and this will be implemeted this year by me.
But, now, and I have mentioned this before, I have 12 solid BB. It was posted by a member that there is always something that can be done with these solid ones.
My thought on the matter would be. Instead of making all new SBB, would it not be a a thought to entertain to simply remove the solid part of the bottomboards, attach the hardware cloth to it, leaving, the front alighting board intact. This would serve the purpose of the SBB in my mind.
Can anyone give a good reason why that would be a negative aspect of simply altering the existing solid bottomboard? The bottomboards are a fairly expensive part of the hive set up.
Great day. Cindi
If you can mange to let the BB remaining be a frame, then just staple the hardware clothe to it, and do what you was writing about letting the front intact. Do not count on using the cloth as a varroa treatment but use it as ventilation. In your BC climate with a lot of damp and the like, ventilation is what you need. I myself have always just used it as ventilation, never counted on using it for varroa treatment.