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Screened Bottom Boards are the most important component of Integrated Pest Management
Make them yourselves, buy them from us or buy them somewhere else, but get them on your hives!
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All SBB have redwood feet
Our Combo Screened Bottom Boards come weatherproofed and are ready to place under your hive. These boards have been boiled in a solution of paraffin and tree rosin and will last for years. This process drives out all the moisture from the wood. The wood cannot rot!
The finish does darken with age, but retains it's weatherproofing abilities. No other treatment is necessary. Paint will not stick to this finish. Read letters about the results of weatherproofing HERE!
If you have not seen the new stronger joints on the hives that Shastina Millworks are using, take a second to watch this YouTube movie http://youtu.be/Jla7z9aehkQ. We were so impressed, we bought 50 of these boards, assembled them by gluing and stapling and then boiling them in a vat of paraffin and tree rosin to weatherproof them. this process drives out all moisture from the wood. They cannot rot!
These 10 frame hive bodies are ready for year of use with no need for painting or maintenance. The finish darkens with age, but continues to stand up to sun and rain. They can not be painted as the finish penetrates the wood.
THE BEETLE BAFFLE
THE BEETLE BAFFLE, A NEW SMALL HIVE BEETLE DETERRENT THAT FITS ON TOP OF YOUR BOTTOM BOARDS THAT HELPS ELIMINATE THEM FROM YOUR HIVES.
COUNTRY RUBES IS PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE TWO DISTRIBUTOR FOR THIS PRODUCT . WE NOW ARE SELLING THE BEETLE BAFFLES ON OUR SHOPPING CART.
Beekeeping was never on the list of things we wanted to do but suddenly in 1995 our farm simply stopped producing due to lack of pollination. As 30+ year organic gardeners, we were disappointed to discover that in order to keep bees we would have to use some type of pesticide to save them from the Varroa Mites. The least toxic form of chemical is ApistanŽ which is no longer killing all of the mites, but knocking them down to the floorboard where they are revived and climb back on the bees. These tougher ApistanŽ resistant mites require a stronger pesticide to kill them.
Trying to get back to our organic roots, we started working with screens, sticky boards and powdered sugar (click here for full instructions) to control Varroa Mites. This board is the accumulation of years of experiments plus the help and advice of our more experienced beekeeper friends. We are excited about the results we are getting and are sure you will be equally pleased.