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What to do with my removable bottom board?


I’m a newbee in Massachusetts and my bees will be arriving soon. Since all the Warre Hives come with a screened bottom and a removable board I am trying to decide what to do with that board.

Should I leave it out and only use it for mite counting? Should I keep it in at all times? I have read so many conflicting things.



Howdy Grant!

For your location, we would recommend leaving the insert in place year round, maybe cracking it a bit if you get very high temperatures with high humidity in the summer time. The most important thing for you to consider is preventing too much ventilation from occurring in the winter time.

Leaving the insert in place also has that added benefit of mite surveying. If you put a little bit of cooking spray on the insert, the mites that fall through the screen will get stuck to the insert, and you can get a good idea about mite density in the hive without having to open it up for inspection.

I hope this helps!
Rebekah + Bee Thinking


Thank you so much for the clarification! I will take your advice :smile: