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Beehive Flooring


The Verroa mite was first found in the UK in 1992 and soon spread throughout the

Country. It devastated the honeybee population and lots of bee keepers were forced to give up.

It is well documented that Verroa mites drop off the bees and some will eventually reach the floor. If this is of the solid type the mites can easier climb back onto the comb, but given a mesh floor they fall through to be eaten by ants and the like. Open mesh floors are simply a floorboard where the solid wooden section is replaced with a sheet of wire mesh. It is documented that as many as 40-60% of the mites can be removed from the hive using this method. This method is promoted in the latest UK Ministry of Agriculture leaflet titled ‘Managing Verroa’ where they emphasis this is a method which can be used throughout the year.

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8# 0.56mm ms black coated
Height: 1200 mm4 ft
Aperture: 2.615 mm0.0103 (in)
Thickness: 0.56 mm0.022 (in)
Finish: black coated mild steel
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  • 8# 0.71mm SS 304
    Height: 1200 mm4 ft
    Aperture: 2.465 mm0.0097 (in)
    Thickness: 0.71 mm0.028 (in)
    Finish: stainless steel 304
    Price: £73.42
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  • An example of a bee hive floor construction

    Kindly reproduced from

    Open Mesh Floor to suit National Hive, in America they call this a "Screened Bottom Board"


    National Open Mesh Floor


    The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part.

    Cut all seven parts to 460 mm length before the forming joints.

    22 mm square stock is available from some woodworker's supply shops. Some other DIY chains have 21 mm square material that can be used with appropriate adjustments to the joint dimensions and reducing the entrance block rebate to 2 mm.

    I have indicated stainless steel 8 mesh 450 mm square as the most suitable infill.

    The under rim should be made first, gluing and screwing the corners.

    The mesh should be stapled in each corner and along the exposed front edge,
    then the upper rim parts are added using 38 mm Csk twin thread woodscrews through the bottom rim into the top parts so that the heads of the countersunk screws are underneath.

    An entrance block of 421 mm x 21 mm x 21 mm (Thorne's size) will suit the 22 mm timber version or if 21 mm stock is used the entrance block needs planning down to 20 mm square to suit.

    The version as drawn above is simple to construct. If petroleum jelly is used on the upper surface of the top rim and linseed oil is used on the other wooden parts, (take care that the linseed oil does not block any of the holes in the mesh panel, as it will dry to a rubbery consistency).

    A description of how and why these items are used is given by Ken Hoare in the document Open Mesh Floors.

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