Manage varroa from the bottom of your hive to the top

A ventilated bottom board can help to manage varroa in your hives. Mesh bases reduce the number of mites in your hive, and they make mite surveillance a lot easier, too. 

An integrated pest management strategy

This mesh bottom base allows you to carry out crucial varroa surveillance without opening the hive. The slide-out plastic tray catches dead mites so you can monitor mite levels. This base can also be used with our varroa mite counting boards.

Mesh bases also help reduce the number of mites in the hive. Around 20% of mites drop off newly hatched bees after they emerge. The mesh allows these mites to drop out of the hive.

The great thing about our mesh bottom base is that the mesh covers the whole brood chamber. You won't miss a mite. 

The mesh bottom board is also 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. 

Quality you can rely on

At Hornsby Beekeeping 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 in wet conditions

  • Beetle and mites 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 rear riser, as the staples may come loose. 


10 frame vented base

By: on 6 February 2021
well made, excellent for keeping the health of the bees at top priority. only improvement would be if the entry point could have two separate pieces to swing the slot open or close up if needed

10 frame vented base

By: on 22 January 2021
well made product , came well packed to prevent damage ,shipped same day

Love it can really keep the hive clean and clear u

By: on 26 September 2020
Great to have

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