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Description

The Bee Gym was developed on the principal that with just a little help, bees could be taught how to more effectively groom off the varroa mite. With its unique combination of specifically designed grooming aids, the Bee Gym encourages and enhances the natural behaviour of honeybees, assisting in the removal of varroa mites from the colony. The Bee Gym should be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach to varroa control.

Key Facts

  • Bee Gym is a framework bees use to dislodge or injure varroa mites or other parasites
  • Bee Gym is chemical free and works throughout the year
  • Bee Gym is easy to install and can be used in any modern hive type with an open mesh floor
  • Bee Gym is ideal as part of an Integrated Pest Management Strategy

What is a Bee Gym

 

Bee Gym is the world’s first grooming assistance device to help bees rid themselves of varroa. The Bee Gym is a framework of wires (which scrape varroa mites off the bees’ backs) together with flippers and scrapers that help the bees to remove mites from their abdomen. Dislodged and damaged mites will fall to the bottom of the hive, so an open mesh floor should be used. The Bee Gym can be used throughout the year, including during a honey flow, and bees even form a winter cluster around it to enable improved grooming during cold periods.

How to use the Bee Gym to assist Varroa Grooming

The Bee Gym is extremely easy to use, it can simply be placed on an open mesh hive floor during a routine inspection. The Bee Gym can then be left in place all year, save for an annual clean.


Mockup of bees using the Bee Gym as a varroa grooming aid

The Bee Gym should be positioned in a busy part of the colony, either on the mesh floor about 2 cms back from the hive entrance or on top of the brood frames in a shallow ‘eke’ or spacer.

Orientate the frame so that the Bee Gym name is uppermost and faces the opening in the hive entrance block.

Check that the loops are tight and that the flippers are located in their sockets. The wires and small plastic flippers point upwards.

To maintain the Bee Gym, soak in a bucket of soda solution, then replace within the hive. The Bee Gym can stay in the hive all year round.

The Advantages of Bee Gym

  • Chemical Free: Bee Gym is a physical grooming aid for bees.
  • Economical: Bee Gym has high durability and no on-going costs, making it a highly economical investment.
  • No extra apiary visits: Bee Gym can be left in the hive all through the year.
  • Specific: foragers returning with full pollen baskets choose to avoid the Bee Gym, so there is no risk of pollen being lost.
  • Sustainable: Bee Gym encourages the natural grooming behaviour of honeybees, resulting in more hygienic colonies, better able to manage varroa infestations.
  • Integrated: Bee Gym is an ideal partner in an Integrated Pest Management approach to varroa control.

Tips for Use

  • Use a sticky floor (these can be fashioned by coating a white piece of paper or cardboard with vaseline) to observe mite drop.
  • Leave space between the hive entrance and the Bee Gym so that pollen laden foragers are able to avoid the framework, which could potentially knock off their pollen loads.
  • The Bee Gym can be moved around the hive periodically so that excites more interest from the bees.
  • However, the Bee Gym should be left in place throughout the year as it continually improves grooming behaviour, helping bees to rid themselves of varroa mites.
  • The Bee Gym can be used on the open mesh floor of any modern hive type.
  • Ensure there is sufficient gap (at least 15 mm) for bees to move around the Bee Gym to fully utilise it.

Customer Testimonials

  • “A brilliant idea”
  • “Bees are healthy, no sign of brood disease, DWV or Nosema. They are a delight to handle and remain completely untreated”
  • “I have been impressed with the varroa drop in those colonies [with Bee Gyms] in comparison to the control”
  • “… to see the bees grooming, it’s a heart warming sight”
  • “Bee Gym has been the main reason for the extremely low varroa count”
  • “I’ve noticed a pattern of dead mites beneath [the] Bee Gym”
  • “My bees are incredibly healthy now that I have installed Bee Gyms”

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Description

The Bee Gym was developed on the principal that with just a little help, bees could be taught how to more effectively groom off the varroa mite. With its unique combination of specifically designed grooming aids, the Bee Gym encourages and enhances the natural behaviour of honeybees, assisting in the removal of varroa mites from the colony. The Bee Gym should be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach to varroa control.

Key Facts

  • Bee Gym is a framework bees use to dislodge or injure varroa mites or other parasites
  • Bee Gym is chemical free and works throughout the year
  • Bee Gym is easy to install and can be used in any modern hive type with an open mesh floor
  • Bee Gym is ideal as part of an Integrated Pest Management Strategy

What is a Bee Gym

 

Bee Gym is the world’s first grooming assistance device to help bees rid themselves of varroa. The Bee Gym is a framework of wires (which scrape varroa mites off the bees’ backs) together with flippers and scrapers that help the bees to remove mites from their abdomen. Dislodged and damaged mites will fall to the bottom of the hive, so an open mesh floor should be used. The Bee Gym can be used throughout the year, including during a honey flow, and bees even form a winter cluster around it to enable improved grooming during cold periods.

How to use the Bee Gym to assist Varroa Grooming

The Bee Gym is extremely easy to use, it can simply be placed on an open mesh hive floor during a routine inspection. The Bee Gym can then be left in place all year, save for an annual clean.


Mockup of bees using the Bee Gym as a varroa grooming aid

The Bee Gym should be positioned in a busy part of the colony, either on the mesh floor about 2 cms back from the hive entrance or on top of the brood frames in a shallow ‘eke’ or spacer.

Orientate the frame so that the Bee Gym name is uppermost and faces the opening in the hive entrance block.

Check that the loops are tight and that the flippers are located in their sockets. The wires and small plastic flippers point upwards.

To maintain the Bee Gym, soak in a bucket of soda solution, then replace within the hive. The Bee Gym can stay in the hive all year round.

The Advantages of Bee Gym

  • Chemical Free: Bee Gym is a physical grooming aid for bees.
  • Economical: Bee Gym has high durability and no on-going costs, making it a highly economical investment.
  • No extra apiary visits: Bee Gym can be left in the hive all through the year.
  • Specific: foragers returning with full pollen baskets choose to avoid the Bee Gym, so there is no risk of pollen being lost.
  • Sustainable: Bee Gym encourages the natural grooming behaviour of honeybees, resulting in more hygienic colonies, better able to manage varroa infestations.
  • Integrated: Bee Gym is an ideal partner in an Integrated Pest Management approach to varroa control.

Tips for Use

  • Use a sticky floor (these can be fashioned by coating a white piece of paper or cardboard with vaseline) to observe mite drop.
  • Leave space between the hive entrance and the Bee Gym so that pollen laden foragers are able to avoid the framework, which could potentially knock off their pollen loads.
  • The Bee Gym can be moved around the hive periodically so that excites more interest from the bees.
  • However, the Bee Gym should be left in place throughout the year as it continually improves grooming behaviour, helping bees to rid themselves of varroa mites.
  • The Bee Gym can be used on the open mesh floor of any modern hive type.
  • Ensure there is sufficient gap (at least 15 mm) for bees to move around the Bee Gym to fully utilise it.

Customer Testimonials

  • “A brilliant idea”
  • “Bees are healthy, no sign of brood disease, DWV or Nosema. They are a delight to handle and remain completely untreated”
  • “I have been impressed with the varroa drop in those colonies [with Bee Gyms] in comparison to the control”
  • “… to see the bees grooming, it’s a heart warming sight”
  • “Bee Gym has been the main reason for the extremely low varroa count”
  • “I’ve noticed a pattern of dead mites beneath [the] Bee Gym”
  • “My bees are incredibly healthy now that I have installed Bee Gyms”

Product Reviews

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