07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

The bee space ( a gap between 6 – 9 mm.). Within the hive a gap less than 6mm is filled with propolis (bee glue – derived from tree resins) to close it off: a space more than 9mm is filled with comb, allowing of course the bee space (for it to traverse and move through the comb and hive).

The recent Apiguard treatments entail placing an “eke” above the brood frames in which to place trays with the treatment on. The bees seek to remove these foreign “smelly” objects: and the space in which they sit is a lovely space to fill with brace/burr comb and store more honey. Over 75% of my colonies did an excellent job clearing the treatment within the 4 week time span and also filling the void with comb! Even at this time of year.