Hi I haven’t been on the site for a while and am catching up on the posts. The zip on my suit broke about a month ago and, until today, i hadn’t checked the corflute board for a least a month. I usually check and clean it once a week.
I was stung on the hand last month, and am reluctant to be stung again. However I managed to hobble together the bee suit this morning to check the board and had intended to crack the hive but the zipper failed - again- so stopped at the corflute and external inspection.
I’ve uploaded a pix of the board taken today. I have two questions for the brains trust:
1 Is anyone able tell me what they see on the board, in particular do you recognise the grey looking powder? In the hive there is an apithor trap and I monitor for SHB. It might be wax moth gunk. I 've had it before in various places on the board, and it is 'moth season:!
- Secondly, has anyone tried the flow hive without any sort of bottom board, just relying on the mesh particularly in summer. I am in northern New South Wales, Australia. It strikes me that as the bees are such tidy wee beasts, can maintain the temperature of the hive, and can’t clean the bottom board themselves a dirty corflute could drive them bonkers. Is there a problem with removing the bottom board, particularly during summer? Wax moth and beetle already have a large entrance.