Woven Wire Mesh Varroa Floor
2.47mm hole heavy duty galvanised steel varroa 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.
The wire thickness is set at a robust 0.71mm, with intersections even more substantial due to wire overlap, guaranteeing longevity and resilience. Its defined hole size, or aperture, of 2.47mm strikes a balanced design, facilitating optimal air circulation while preventing unwanted pests like the varroa mite from infiltrating the hive.
An impressive 60% open area percentage further accentuates the mesh’s emphasis on breathability and environmental regulation, pivotal for maintaining a healthy bee colony. Manufactured with galvanized steel, this mesh promises resistance to weathering, ensuring it stands up to the challenges of external environments while keeping its integrity intact. Moreover, the “varroa floor” serves as a critical line of defense against one of beekeeping’s most dreaded adversaries – the varroa mite, providing bees with a safer and more conducive habitat.
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 = 0.71mm. The thickness of each wire. The structure is thicker than this where two wires meet
- Hole Size / Aperture = 2.47mm. This is the square hole size from wire to wire
- Open Area % = 60%. 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
What Is The Primary Purpose Of The Varroa Floor Mesh?
By providing a protective barrier against pests, particularly the varroa mite, the Varroa Floor Mesh enhances beekeeping operations without compromising hive ventilation. Crafted with precision, the mesh’s specific design allows for optimal air circulation, ensuring a healthy environment for the bee colony. Additionally, its galvanized steel construction ensures durability and weather resistance, making it an ideal solution for amateurs and professionals alike. Varroa Floor Mesh facilitates better hive health and increased honey production by providing a safer, more conducive habitat for bees.
How Do I Install The Varroa Floor In My Beehive?
Installing the Varroa Floor Mesh in your beehive is a straightforward process, but it’s essential to follow some key steps to ensure its effectiveness:
- Measure Your Hive: Before starting, measure the dimensions of the beehive’s base to determine how much mesh you will need.
- Prepare The Mesh: Using the measurements taken, cut the Varroa Floor Mesh to the desired size using tin snips, as recommended by The Mesh Company. Ensure a few extra centimeters on each side for secure attachment.
- Clean The Hive Base: Before installing the mesh, ensure the hive’s bottom board is clean and free from debris.
- Position The Mesh: Lay the cut mesh piece over the bottom board of the hive, ensuring it covers the entire area.
- Secure The Mesh: The mesh needs to be taut and securely attached. You can use wood staples, screws, or nails to affix it to the bottom board’s frame. Ensure the mesh is stretched evenly to prevent sagging.
- Check The Edges: After securing, inspect the edges to ensure there are no protruding wires that might harm the bees. Fold or trim any excess.
- Monitor The Hive: After installation, monitor the hive to ensure that the bees are moving freely through the mesh and that pests, like varroa mites, are being effectively excluded or falling through the mesh, away from the colony.
- Regular Maintenance: Periodically inspect the mesh for any damage, debris, or mite buildup. Cleaning or replacing the mesh as needed will ensure its effectiveness and the health of the bee colony.
How Does The Mesh’s Aperture Size Benefit The Bees?
The specific aperture size of the Varroa Floor Mesh offers dual benefits crucial for maintaining a healthy bee colony. First, the 2.47mm aperture size is ideal to facilitate optimal air circulation. Adequate ventilation is paramount in a beehive, as it helps regulate temperature and moisture levels, preventing conditions that favor mold growth and ensuring a comfortable environment for the bees.
Secondly, while the mesh allows for efficient airflow, its design effectively acts as a barrier against varroa mites. If these pests fall off a bee and onto the floor, the mesh’s aperture size prevents them from climbing back into the hive, thus reducing the mite population within the colony. This is a crucial advantage, as varroa mites are a leading threat to bee colonies, transmitting viruses and depleting the health of bees.
In essence, the mesh’s aperture size strikes a perfect balance, promoting hive health by ensuring proper ventilation while acting as a safeguard against the detrimental impact of varroa mites.
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.
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