Friday, September 14, 2012
A Beekeeper's Best Helper - a Bee Escape Board
This simple board is designed with a small triangular maze on one side and a simple round hole on the other.
The clever idea of this contraption is that you slip it underneath a full honey super that you would like to remove.
How do you place it on the hive? The round hole goes facing up under the super. When the bees exit the hive they leave the box by going through the round hole. As they come down there are three straight paths of the maze underneath that they exit through.
If you wait longer than 24 hours to return though the bees will have discovered where the entrances are to the maze and will travel back up into the supers. So timing is important. My success with this has been great. Even on hives where most of the bees didn't exit (a warm night for example) there are still many less bees to sweep off the frames than there would be otherwise.
So be sure to add bee escapes to your list of bee equipment to get.