The addition of an ECO floor to your Top Bar Hive, provides an environment closely resembling the floor of a log or tree.
Any loose biodegradable material can be used to fill the floor void, a good source for such material is the forest floor.
Our ECO floor is made from the same Western Red Cedar as the main Hive. Stainless steel mesh is used to retain the material.
The floor is securely held in place by two spring clamps, and can easily be retro-fitted to your hive.
The bottom edge of our hive brood body is chamfered as standard. This allows the floor to sit flush, retaining heat and hive scent. The mesh floor allows smaller insects to enter the floor, keeping wasps and larger insects out.
An ECO floor will attempt to replicate the conditions found in the floor cavity of a wild bees nest. Build up of hive debris will create the perfect conditions in which other beneficial insects can thrive.
Some recent research has shown that, Varroa mites which fall into the debris , are a source of food for some insects such as “Earwigs” or Forficula auricularia. So the addition of an ECO floor can form part of your IPM “integrated pest management system”
There are a few caveats you need to be aware of. It will not be possible to have two colonies of bees in the same hive. The bees will find their way under the devision board. Also the material has the tendency to “dry out” in warm weather, reducing its effectiveness. One beekeeper i know uses compost, this has the added benefit of being pre-populated with all kinds of insects and microbes.