HiveGate™ | Metal Adapter Plate | 8 Frame
It is reversible so that two HiveGates™ can be used at once. The adapter is secured to the box above the entrance. This adapter is approx. 31 cm wide and would need a block at each end for 10-frame equipment.
HiveGate™ is an advanced hive entrance to help protect your bees from robbing and enable improved regulation of the internal hive environment.
By creating a hive entrance immediately underneath the main cluster, HiveGate™ allows the colony to control entry more effectively and safeguards your bees from wasps (yellowjackets), robbing bees, the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina), wax moths and other pests and predators.
HiveGate also enables better control of temperature and relative humidity within the hive, reducing stress and workload and increasing productivity.
The Advantages of HiveGate ™
Economical: HiveGate’s durability without on-going costs makes it highly economical
Effective: HiveGate ™ enables natural bee defence mechanisms, is effective against robbing and predation, and improves colony productivity and survival
Simple: HiveGate ™ is easy to install (‘set and forget’) and fits a wide variety of hive types including nucs
Safe: HiveGate ™ offers chemical-free pest and predator protection
Specific: HiveGate ™ is not a trap, so there is no possibility of by-catch of beneficial insects – only predators attacking the colony will be affected.
How to use HiveGate ™ to protect bees from wasps and robbers
- Position HiveGate ™ so that the internal entrance is beneath the centre of the winter cluster and fix the device in place.
- Close up the hive entrance so that the only opening is the external HiveGate entrance (an optional Adapter Plate is available to do this).
- When the colony is strong, additional HiveGate device(s) can be added to expand the entry space, or the hive entrance can be opened up, as the colony is strong enough to defend itself without assistance.
- Periodically clean as you usually would with hive components.
Bee-IQ's instructions for fitting the HiveGate™ to different hive bases can be found here
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