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Top bar hive - mesh flooring

 
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helen40
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Top bar hive - mesh flooring Reply with quote

I am just finishing off making a top bar hive and am about to put a mesh floor in. The mesh I have has 2mm sq holes. Does anyone know if this will be large enough for Varroa to drop through?

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adult Varroa can be up to 2.5mm across, so 2mm will not allow the bigger ones to fall through. Whether or not that matters depends on other factors, including your reason for wanting a mesh floor.

Are you planning on counting mites, or do you just want them out?

Have you considered the 'Eco-floor' as an option?
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your reply. Just wanted to be able to see if there was any evidence of varroa. Not sure what an Eco-floor is but sounds interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eco Floor video - http://youtu.be/SWB-pdlqeFQ
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ideal mesh cut to fit top-bar hives -[url] http://www.themeshcompany.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?page=search&SS=top-bar+hive&PR=-1&TB=O&ACTION=[/url]
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