Jean-Pierre Mercader has designed the Bluebees Board. The introduction of the Mercader’s Bluebees Board in 2012 is the first successful major design alteration since the 1851 Langstroth’s Brood Box as we know it.
The Bluebees Board encourages and assists the bees to hunt and eject from the hive, through the slots, parasites and other debris, resulting in contented honey bee colonies in clean hives.The Bluebees Board will no doubt assist beekeepers and honey bee colonies’ survival strategies, thereby giving a new lease of strength, and ultimately life, to honey bee colonies against terrible pests.
Some of it's great advantages are below:
Easily adjusted onto your existing box - The Blubees Board is placed on top of bottom frame. A new entrance is then cut to the bottom edge of the brood-box. No other modifications are required.
Enables - The Bluebees Board allows honey bee colonies to live with, and effectively control, invading parasites.
Visual Assessment: Beekeepers can easily identify any signs of invading pests and that the bees are successfully controlling them.
Eliminates: Minimises unnecessary opening of hives - the colonies of bees will be disturbed much less fequently.
Easy maintenance: of the soil underneath and around the hives as a preventative measure, and when necessary, the application to the soil of products harmless to bees and honey. It encourages beekeepers to keep their working hives above the ground at a suggested minimum height of 7.5 cm.
Usage: of trays under brood boxes to allow for inspection and identification of any pest invaders and debris removal.
Time efficiency: beekeepers are able to use their precious time more efficiently. Some laborious methods of pest identification may become obsolete.
Efficient moisture reduction: Bluebees Board effectively reduces the condensation in the hives. SHB eggs are vulnerable to dryness. The reduction of condensation / humidity in the hive will help to achieve a tangible reduction in the survival of SHB eggs.
Ventilation: improved airflow allows dryness and cooler temperatures to be maintained during hot summer periods, whilst having no impact during the colder seasons.
Clean air: bees easily expel fouled air from their hive, thereby maintaining a healthy environment within.
Hive entrance height: can be reduced to minimise foreign bees robbing during food shortages.