Poor moisture management in the hive over winter can lead to a host of problems, including loss of the colony and beekeeping equipment.
Espace Abeille has devoted countless hours of R&D to developing a wintering cover better adapted to bee biology and the harsh winter conditions of North America. The cover has been the subject of scientific research with the CRSAD (Centre de Recherche en Santé Animale de Deschambault), which has established that the cover’s performance is equal to and superior to other wintering methods such as the Bee Cozy, thermofoil packaging and rigid insulation boxes.
The BeeSlipTM winter cover features :
The key to this performance lies in the design of the cover:
What distinguishes the BeeSlipTM winterization cover from other winterization methods (continued)
Traditional methods generally use “vapour-barrier” materials, which retain moisture. Even with a ventilation opening in the hive, these materials won’t evacuate the condensation and humidity forming around the hive. What’s more, these materials are fragile and won’t last as long as the Espace Abeille cover.
The product has a lifespan of at least 10 to 15 years with minimum maintenance, making it a durable solution for overwintering bee colonies.
Installation is quick, taking around 1 minute per hive. It’s also designed for quick spring inspections, so you can see the condition of your hive’s resources without disturbing them too much.
BeeSlipTM covers can be used to winter bee colonies individually or in groups of four, with one or two supers.
The cover for 2 colonies is currently under development.
The cover has been designed for optimum use with the BeeStandTM prefabricated base.
However, you don’t need to combine the base to overwinter successfully, as long as the fabric of the cover is well tensioned by a fastening system customized by the beekeeper.
Once correctly installed, the cover will offer R13 insulation on the top and the air space will give around R1, the equivalent of thermofoil.
Since there are no points of contact between the sides of the cover and the hive (thermal bridges), heat transfer by conduction is greatly limited, increasing the effective insulating value and considerably reducing the risk of condensation on beekeeping equipment.
Certainly! The evaluation report for winter 2020-2021 has been completed and available in the “Articles” section of our website at the following link:
The cover can be installed on a Langstroth or similar-sized hive. It provides better humidity and temperature management inside the hive throughout the winter season.
Ideally, we use an Espace Abeille base or place the hive on it. This can be done in spring, summer or winter.
Then slip the cover over the hive, make sure it’s centered and insert the elastic cords through the metal eyelets. Once installed, the cords are attached to the hooks on the base for perfect tension.
The best time to winterize the hive depends on the temperature and the region. Generally, overnight temperatures must be consecutively below zero to overwinter. So it’s important to keep an eye on the temperature.
In southern Quebec, wintering lasts from mid-November to April. In more northerly regions, this period can extend from late October to May.
Yes, but only a light cleaning with mild soap to remove the bees’ blemishes. Then store it in a dry place away from UV rays.
For soap, do not use dishwashing soap.
Bee Space slipcovers have been designed to be durable and efficient, both in terms of time and performance.
We invite you to consider the following elements:
Espace Abeille covers come with a 5-year warranty on the fabric and a 1-year warranty against manufacturing and material defects.
The 5-year warranty is degressive, meaning that for the first year of use, 100% of the fabric is covered, the second year 80% and so on.
Warranty coverage is explicitly explained in the product instructions. Proof of purchase must be retained for warranty claims.
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages:
To ensure optimum performance, Espace Abeille has decided to offer only one color: black. This color offers more adequate energy performance for a better colony start in spring.