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This hard plastic, beeswax coated frame is for use as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technique for combatting Varroa mites. The frame is colored green so you will be able to see which frame it is in the hive. You can quickly remove it for freezing for 24 hours and then reinstall. You should have two for each hive so you can rotate. Bees draw beautiful drone cell foundation with it. It is so much easier to use than the straight unwired drone foundation.
The color is GREEN: Pierco® manufactures this product in green so it will be easier to distinguish in your hives.
Hint 1: If you don’t have the freezer space, blast the frame at a slight angle with a garden hose. The water will shear the caps off leaving the cells intact and the drone pupae and mites will be flushed out. Just shake the excess water off and reinsert the frame into the hive.
Hint 2: For those interested in raising their own queens that manifest hygienic behavior, the drone comb can be used to check for such behavior. Cut a patch of brood about 3” x 3” in a rhombus shape out of the frame of capped drone brood. Place the piece of comb in the freezer for 24 hours – then replace the comb. By comparing how quickly and thoroughly each colony removes the dead bees and cleans up the comb, you can select the queen from which to breed. Hopefully, this hygienic behavior will translate into more mite and disease resistance in your bees.