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HyfeGate (formerly HiveGate) - Protect against wasps

HyfeGate (formerly HiveGate) - Protect against wasps
HyfeGate (formerly HiveGate) - Protect against wasps HyfeGate (formerly HiveGate) - Protect against wasps HyfeGate (formerly HiveGate) - Protect against wasps
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HyfeGate is an attachment that is fitted inside a full beehive and extends the defendable pathway between the outside of the hive to the point of highest defence inside the hive. This design allows the bees to effectively defend their hives from invading wasps thus preventing total hive lost and significantly increasing bee productivity.  WILL NOT WORK WITH WBC or WARRE HIVES

From observations, the majority of wasps that enter the tunnel also exit the tunnel within 30-seconds!

We would recommend using a foam entrance closure to block up the remainder of the entrance and simply screwing the hive gate close to the entrance through a standard open mesh floor (see photos)

For more information click here.

The video below shows the HyfeGate at work.  The green circles show the wasps entering the hive.  The red circles show the wasps being killed and disposed off.

 

 

 

The article below has been written for this newsletter by Bee-IQ.

Stop robbing by intruders, by giving bees back the upper hand in defending themselves, naturally.

HyfeGateTM stops robbing by enabling bees to naturally defend their hives from intruders such as robbing bees and wasps without the use of chemicals.

So, how did it come about?

Seeing your bee hives being robbed by wasps or robbing bees is frustrating. Given the right circumstances, they can take out a bee colony in days. This leads to either a weakened and less productive colony, or – worst case scenario – a complete loss of a colony.

Seeing his own beehives being taken out by wasps made Kyle Atkinson – creator of HyfeGateTM – put his problem solving brain to work. The question was, why are robbing wasps and bees so successful? Why are the bees not able to defend themselves in certain circumstances? And what is the solution?

The short version answer is that humans have given bee colonies a thermally inefficient box with a front entrance that is often not easy to defend. When the outside temperature starts to drop and bees stay put in their cluster, inactive for longer times during the day, wasps will be active earlier and later in the day. They work at lower temperatures. With little to no defending bees on the door during those times, it is easy for intruders to sneak into the hive, slink off to the sides and avoid interaction with bees. This easy access and avoidance of interaction means that the bees’ defence behaviour does not properly kick in. The intruders can go about their business and after a successful robbing bring back reinforcements.

The answer was to re-design the hive entrance. HyfeGate™ is a completely new hive entrance design. It enhances the natural behaviour of bees and gives them the natural upper hand in defending themselves.

Coming up with the HyfeGateTM idea and design was a process of many prototypes. After a shed full of variations the final HyfeGate design was there and the start-up company BeeIQ Solutions was formed, early 2019.

hyfegate box

 

 

The magic happens inside the HyfeGate™, under the bee cluster.

With a HyfeGate installed as the new entrance to a hive, it is normal to see intruders enter the HyfeGate™ at the external hive entrance. This will happen, for example, if there are no guard bees at the hive entrance due to a low outside temperature and the bees not being active yet at the front entrance.

hyfegate diagram

 

 

The sequence of events and natural behaviours

If an intruder enters and proceeds towards the end of the HyfeGate™ it reaches the internal entry to the hive. This internal entry should be positioned directly under the bee cluster, the largest concentration of bees in the hive. This is the KEY to why HyfeGate™ is successful against robbing.

At this point the intruder and the bees are forced to encounter each other. This encounter initiates the intruder’s alarm pheromones and a guaranteed defence and fight reaction from the bees that are in the vicinity of that intruder. Both the intruder and the bees cannot control this instinctive natural behaviour. Guard bee or not, any bee that is close to the stressed intruder will show defence behaviour. We let nature do the rest…

hyfegate instructions

Scenareo A

If the intruder decides not to engage with the bee cluster then it can still turn around, make its way back to the front entrance of the hive and leave. This is an unsuccessful entry into the hive. The intruder won’t communicate a successful robbing back to its nest.

Scenareo B

  1. Actual entry into the hive, at the internal HyfeGate™ entrance requires the intruder to fight its way in. Entering the hive at this point will be the beginning of the end for the intruder.
  2. The alarm pheromones from the intruder are well and truly initiated.
  3. A large number of bees (not only guard bees) instinctively reacts to the intruders’ alarm pheromones and continues to attack the intruder inside the hive.
  4. Due to the design of the HyfeGate™, the intruder cannot see a way out of the hive. Being stressed and under attack, the intruder won’t find the way out.
  5. The bees continue their attack until the intruder is dead.
  6. No successful robbing can be communicated back to the intruder’s nest.
  7. The bees will dispose of the dead intruders through the HyfeGate™ at their convenience. You will find the dead intruders outside of the hive in the morning.

HyfeGate™ IS AN INVESTMENT IN THE STRENGTH AND HEALTH OF YOUR HIVE

  • Less robbing means stronger colonies.
  • Bees spend less energy on defending the hive.
  • More productive hives.
  • Fewer colony losses.
  • Fewer pathogens from intruders.

INSTALL HyfeGate™ ALL YEAR ROUND OR POST HONEY FLOW.

  • Easy to install.
  • Fits on different types of hive bases.
  • No continuous monitoring needed, set and forget.
  • Durable, made of high quality ASA plastic, UV protected.
  • Chemical free pest control.
  • Supports natural bee defence behaviour.
  • Does NOT interrupt the bees’ normal hive entrance behaviour (unlike screens). The bees immediately enter the HyfeGate™ entrance as normal.
  • No need to move hives that are under attack to a different location.

HyfeGates has been installed in countries around the world and is gaining traction since its New Zealand launch early in 2019. HyfeGateTM received a lot of attention during the API NZ conference in 2019 and APIMONDIA, Montreal in 2019. E.H. Thorne introduced HyfeGateTM in the UK in 2019 as well and is continuing to carry it in their product line.

HyfeGateTM from BeeIQ Solutions has received very positive feedback from beekeepers. Click here to read what some people said.

Watch the video of the HyfeGateTM prototype in action.

For more explanation on bee defence behaviour watch Kyle’s presentation at APINZ Conference, June 2019. Understanding bee behaviour.

Instructions on installing HyfeGateTM can be found on the BeeIQ Solutions website.

 
 
 

 
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