Stainless Steel Woven Wire Varroa Mite Mesh
2.47mm hole heavy-duty stainless steel varroa mite 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.
Stainless steel beehive floors have become increasingly popular among beekeepers due to their durability and hygienic properties. Unlike traditional wooden floors, stainless steel floors are resistant to weathering, rotting, and mould growth. This makes them a great investment for beekeepers who want to make sure their hives remain in the best condition possible.
Wire Mesh Specifications:
Below are the specifications of this 2.47mm wire heavy duty mesh:
- Mesh Count = 8 holes per linear inch
- Holes / Wires Per Square Inch = 64 holes per square inch
- Wire Thickness = 0.71mm
- Hole Size / Aperture = 2.47mm
- Open Area % = 60%
- 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 A Varroa Mite Floor?
Allows for ideal hive ventilation. The perfect hole size for the dreaded varroa mite.
Varroa mites are an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees these attacks cause a disease known as Varroatosis. They can only thrive in a honey bee colony and, if unchecked, can spell the end of a hive.
The solution is simple – a woven wire mesh flooring. As the mites fall off their bee hosts they will fall through the mesh. This will prevent them from crawling back up to the bees (as they would be able to with a wooden floor).
Up to 60% of mites could be removed from the hive with this simple approach, moreover using a varroa mesh floor also provides essential ventilation for the colony. In conclusion, varroa mesh floors give air to your hive and make a filter to block varroa mites.
What Is The Difference Between A National And A Langstroth Hive?
The National and Langstroth are two of the most popular types of beehive designs used in beekeeping.
The National hive is a traditional British design and is typically made of wood. It has a flat roof, a brood box, and one or two supers (boxes where honey is stored). The frames in a National hive are smaller than those in a Langstroth hive, measuring 14″ x 8.5″ and are slightly deeper than Langstroth frames. The National hive is often preferred in the UK due to its suitability for the native honey bee species and its relatively small size, which makes it easier to handle. The mesh panel used for a National hive is 450 x 450mm (17.7″ x 17.7″).
The Langstroth hive, on the other hand, is a popular hive design in the United States and is also commonly made of wood. It has a flat or peaked roof, a brood box, and one or more supers for honey storage. Langstroth hives have frames that are rectangular in shape, typically measuring 19″ x 9.5″, and are shallower than the frames in a National hive. The Langstroth hive allows for more flexibility in hive management and is often preferred by commercial beekeepers. The mesh panel used for a Langstroth hive is 400 x 500mm (15.7″ x 19.7″).
How Many Holes Are The Per Panel?
This mesh has 8 holes per linear inch, and a 450mm panel is 17.7″ x 17.7″. So there are approximately 19,881 holes per panel.
Why Use Stainless Steel As A Beehive Floor?
Beehive floors are often made of stainless steel because it’s durable, rust-proof, and easy to clean. You should use stainless steel for a beehive floor for these reasons:
It’s strong and durable, so it can handle the weight of the hive and the bees’ activity. Besides being resistant to moisture, heat, and chemicals, the beehive floor can last for a long time.
In environments with high moisture levels, stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and rust. The floor of beehives is exposed to honey, wax, and other substances that can cause corrosion.
Cleaning and sanitising stainless steel is easy, which is important if you want a healthy beehive. Cleaning the beehive floor prevents harmful bacteria and fungi from building up.
The stainless steel mesh allows for good ventilation in the hive, which helps regulate the temperature and humidity. Without proper ventilation, the hive can get too hot and humid in warmer climates.
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.
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