WHAT IS THIS? The cypress entrance reducer is a small piece of wood that slides into the main entrance in the bottom board. This reduces the entrance from its full size down to a reduced size that may be more appropriate for the size of the colony.
SMART DESIGN: We have designed this simple piece of wood to be the entrance size preferred by bees in the wild. Using the research of Tom Seeley, we have modeled our entrance reducer to match his recommendations for the size honey bees naturally choose.
WORKS WITH A FEEDER: In addition to modeling it after what bees actually like, we have made the gap just the right size to fit our stepped entrance feeder and also allow ample room for the bees to come and go from the hive.
WHEN TO USE IT: We include this entrance reducer in our 10 and 8 frame kits because they are especially helpful when starting a colony. The smaller the entrance to a hive, the easier it is for bees to defend the colony against pests and other bees.