Thursday, September 5, 2013
Storing Your Equipment for Winter
So, the very best way to store your equipment for winter that I know of is by placing a queen excluder right on top of your bottom board and stacking all your boxes (broods & supers) on top of each other. Either take the inner cover off or staple screen over the entrance. Staple screen over the bottom entrance as well. This set-up will prevent rodents and other insects from entering the hive and destroying all the wax honeycomb that you will need for next season. To secure the hive you could ratchet strap all the boxes together. Store this stack outside as the frames could develop mold and/or mildew if you don't. You can recycle the screen from the box your bees traveled to Alaska in.