Should I use a Screened Bottom Board?

The primary value of a screened bottom board is for ventilation. This can be helpful in high temperature and high humidity environments. Also, for some beekeepers screened bottom boards are a part of their pest management strategies. They can be used as a natural way to control small hive beetles and Varroa mites by putting a sticky substance on the screen to catch them as (if) they fall through. While the added ventilation can be helpful in certain areas and certain times of year, there are some issues. Too much ventilation and/or moisture rising from the ground can make the hive harder to cool in warm climates. If there is too much ventilation in the hive it can impact communication du

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