A mesh bottom base allows you to carry out crucial varroa surveillance without opening the hive. All you need is a piece of corflute or cardboard and some Vaseline. Please click this link for detailed instructions.
Beauty about our mesh bottom is it covers the whole brood chamber-One won't miss a mite count-if any......
The mesh bottom board is one of the best things you can do to manage hive beetle; if you use this base in combination with a beetle trap you will be trapping both the beetles at the top of the hive and the ones that are defeated by the mesh.
We have experimented and improved upon this design over a number of years. The mesh has a wide border at the entrance to conserve pollen. The custom-made plastic tray is deep enough to hold a generous amount of oil without overflowing.
This is one of our most popular hive components, and a favourite with HBS staff. Some of us have been running them for years.
Timber wax-dipped for durability
The mesh provides ventilation for the hive
Beetle fall through mesh but bees can walk over it no problem
Mesh and tray can be removed for cleaning, if needed
Sturdy plastic tray can be filled with oil or diatomaceous earth.
The rear part of the riser on this base is attached with two 35mm staples (not screws), to make room for the tray. Please make sure not to pick the base up by the riser as the staples may come loose.
good qualityBy: Craig Galea on 20 October 2021Good service
Good quality, works wellBy: Matthew on 15 September 2021Really helps keep the pests down and a stable base for the hives. Not sure if a painted version might be even better, but absolutely nothing to complain about.
Ventilated 8 frame baseBy: Adrian Williams on 8 September 2021The best designed ventilated base I have been able to find. I now have three. Especially the stainless steel mesh that has a flat entry area for the bees before the mesh. I opened the hive for the first time after winter and zero beetles or any other pest. The plastic tray enables a small amount of oil to trap any beetles that happen to enter the hive, and that was very effective last season (my first season with these bases).Very fast delivery through online order.A very happy customer,
Great serviceBy: Raylee Delaney on 14 June 2021Thank you so much to all the crew at Hornsby Beekeeping! The service is very good, delivery fast and prices affordable!
8 frame mesh baseBy: Neil Middlemiss on 17 September 2018Excellent product and swift delivery thank you