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Frequently asked Questions

What does the simple colony Bee Space winterization set contain?

The single colony base set contains a wintering slipcover with recycled and ribbed polystyrene insulation, a prefabricated base and eight elastic cords.

Do you offer the possibility of wintering in groups of four colonies?

Sure! This configuration is even advantageous when one has a large quantity of hives and one wishes to maximize the chances of winter survival of the colonies.

Is there a ventilation opening in the Bee Space slipcover?

The Bee Space slipcover does not require a ventilation opening to perform well. However, a hidden and weatherproof opening has been added to the latest version of the product for biological reasons. From the first hot and sunny days, the bees will be able to carry out their clean flight in peace while the main entrance is still blocked by snow.

What is the insulation factor (R factor) of the Bee Space slipcover?

The inner top of the slipcover consists of a 3 inches polystyrene panel with an insulation value of R13. Also, the air space created by the membrane is equivalent to thermo-foil, or an approximate insulation value of R1.

Has the Bee Space slipcover been tested in real conditions?

During the 2020-2021 season, a total of 120 slipcovers were distributed across Quebec to some thirty beekeeper-ambassadors and CRSAD. The summary results showed us an average death rate of 18%, that is 15% lower than the Canadian annual rate (CAPA, 2018). We are betting on a rate of less than 18% for the 2021-2022 season.

Will the results of this research be available?

Certainly! The evaluation report for winter 2020-2021 has been completed and available in the “Articles” section of our website at the following link:

https://espaceabeille.ca/the-study-of-the-impact-of-the-bee-space-slipcover-on-the-survival-of-bee-colonies-during-outside-wintering/?lang=en

When your products will go on sale?

Right now! The inventory for the 2021-2022 season has passed at breakneck speed. Reserve your copies today and make sure you get your slipcovers in time for the next wintering season.

Where can I get a Bee Space product?

Mainly through certain distributors of bee products chosen on the basis of their work ethic and corporate values. Details will follow as early as autumn 2022.

What is the cost of a single colony, single deep model wintering slipcover?

Our price catalog is now available on our website, in the products section.

Does the selling price vary according to the quantity of slipcover ordered?

Small quantities will be at the regular price. For batch orders, predefined discount percentages will be applied to the invoice total, increasing according to the selected batch. Please contact the sellers directly for the discount percentages based on the desired quantity.

I have over 300 beehives to my name. How am I going to get into my money?

Bee Space slipcovers have been designed to be durable and efficient, both in terms of time and performance. That’s why we’ll offer a business case based on the price of buying a slipcover versus when it becomes profitable for the beekeeper. This way, it is simple to amortize the purchase amount over a predetermined period and according to the beekeeper’s budget per year.

What is the lifespan of a Bee Space slipcover?

With normal use and annual maintenance, we aim for a minimum lifespan of 5 years, which may well exceed 10 years of use.

Is it possible to change only one component of the Bee Space slipcover?

In the view that a part would be defective or broken prematurely, it will be possible to purchase only the part in question in order to avoid an early end of life of the product.

What is the manufacturer's warranty?

Bee Space is the only beekeeping equipment manufacturer in North America to offer a declining (5) year warranty on its membranes. In addition, this product is free from defects in workmanship and materials, for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original invoice.

Details of the warranty will be specified in the relevant section in the instruction manual.

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