Black Epoxy Steel Woven Wire Varroa Mesh Floor
2.48mm hole heavy duty epoxy coated black varroa mesh floor made from 0.71mm wire. 2.47mm aperture is fairly large to be woven to form a mesh netting, consequently it requires a thick wire to produce. Most importantly, this mesh is strong and long-lasting.
Using black epoxy steel for your beehive’s mesh floor can offer numerous benefits. This type of steel is incredibly sturdy and durable, making it an ideal material to withstand the harsh conditions that the hive will be exposed to. Additionally, its black colour can help to absorb heat, regulating the temperature within the hive.
Wire Mesh Specifications:
Below are the specifications of this 2.47mm wire heavy duty mesh:
- Mesh Count = 8 holes per linear inch. The amount of holes measured against a straight line inch
- Holes / Wires Per Square Inch = 64 holes per square inch. The amount of holes per linear inch squared
- Wire Thickness = 0.7mm. The thickness of each wire. The structure is thicker than this where two wires meet
- Hole Size / Aperture = 2.48mm. This is the square hole size from wire to wire
- Open Area % = 61%. The amount of the mesh that is open. The higher this number the more open a mesh is
- Cut With – We cut this mesh with tin snips. We suggest that you do the same
Filters out particles larger than 2.5mm.
Beehive Floor Size Options:
- National Hive – 450mm x 450mm. These panels of mesh are designed to fit perfectly into a ‘National’ style hive
- Langstroth Hive – 400mm x 500mm. These panels of mesh are designed to fit perfectly into a ‘Langstroth’ style hive
FAQs About This Product
Why Choose Black Metal Mesh?
Black metal mesh, or blackened steel wire mesh, is a type of metal mesh that is sometimes used as a material for beehive floors. Here are some reasons why black metal mesh is a good choice for a beehive floor:
- Durability: Black metal mesh is a strong and durable material that can withstand the weight of the beehive and the activity of the bees.
- Ventilation: Epoxy steel mesh allows for good ventilation in the hive, which helps regulate the temperature and humidity levels. This is especially important in warmer climates, where the hive can become too hot and humid without proper ventilation. Mesh allows for air to pass through at the optimum levels.
- Corrosion Resistance: While black epoxy coated metal mesh is not as corrosion-resistant as stainless steel, it can still provide good resistance to rust and corrosion. The epoxy layer does provide very good resistance, and more importantly it is easy to clean.
- Affordable: Epoxy steel mesh is often more affordable than stainless steel mesh, making it a good option for beekeepers on a budget.
Riding Your Hive Of The Varroa Mite With Wire Mesh
Wire mesh can be used as a method of controlling and reducing the varroa mite population in beehives.
The mites are small parasites that attach themselves to bees and feed on their haemolymph, which can weaken the bee’s immune system and cause damage to their development.
By using wire mesh, beekeepers can separate the brood chamber of the hive from the rest of the hive, preventing the mites from reaching the developing larvae. This is done by placing a wire mesh floor in the hive between the brood chamber and the bottom board. The mites will fall through the wire mesh and out of the hive, reducing the overall mite population.
This method is known as the “varroa mite drop” and can be an effective way to manage varroa mites without the use of chemicals.
What Other Metal Options Are There?
We recently published a detailed guide on the benefits of using wire mesh for a floor in your beehive. This article will tell you everything that you need to know to be able to us wire mesh as the bottom layer of your beehive.
Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can.
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