In 2000, Betterbee introduced the BeeMax® line of polystyrene hive components. Here’s the most frequently asked questions we get regarding BeeMax® hives:
Can I use my wooden honey supers on top of a BeeMax hive for honey production?
Yes, wooden supers fit nicely on a BeeMax® hive, but the walls are thicker, so a portion of the top of the BeeMax® hive wall will be exposed. Paint this area when you paint your hives if you use wooden supers
Will my BeeMax® hive withstand the same kind of beekeeper abuse that wooden hives can?
No, their longevity will be based on the extra care you give them. Don't throw them around or drop them. If reasonable care is taken, they should last just as long as a wooden hive
Are ants, mice and wax moths a problem with these hives?
Pests are no more of a problem in BeeMax® polystyrene hive components than in wooden hives. If the hives are strong, your bees will keep these pests out themselves