About Us

Meet Erica, PhD

Hi! I'm Erica Shelley. I am the CEO and founder of Best for Bees.   

Meet Nicole, MSc

Nicole Gauvreau, Research Assistant, Best for Bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hey there, I’m Nicole Gauvreau. I’m in research and development with Best for Bees. I have loved engaging with the beekeeping industry to see the evolution of ProtectaBEE alongside working the bees through all of their seasons! In my past time you can find me outside or at the gym!

 

Meet Aparna

Aparna Karthikeyan, Research Assistance, Peter Kevan Lab

Hello! I'm Aparna Karthikeyan and I am a research assistant for Best for Bees. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. I have been working with Best for Bees for over a year now, and from full days in the lab to full days at the apiary, I have enjoyed all the aspects of beekeeping! 

 

INSTALLATION:

Place case (A) against bottom board and push down (may be tight) until flush with bottom board. Attach case (A) with screws (I) pressing down on case to keep the case flush with bottom board (*bees will use gaps) (Fig. 1)

To remove case, loosen screws, lift and pull. (Fig. 2)

PROTECTION:

Add cone inserts (C) to drawer in opposite directions. Push drawers in and lock.

MAXIMUM TRAFFIC:

Remove inserts for maximum traffic and rain protection (lock drawers)

ENTRANCE REDUCER/SOLID:

Add reducer (E or F) to drawer. Add solid insert (D) to other drawer. Push drawers in completely and lock.

To add food/pollen substitutes or medications, place them into drawer with solid insert (D).

CLOSED:

Add solid inserts (D) to both drawers. Push drawers in completely and lock.

VECTORING:

Add powder to drawer as directed on package.

Snap block (G) into place above powder.

Add cone insert (C) (pointed inward) to powder drawer and cone insert (C) (pointed outward ) to other side. Push drawers in completely and lock.

REDUCING TRAFFIC:

To temporarily reduce outbound traffic, turn cone insert (C) pointed inward for both drawers. Push drawers in completely.

HIVE BEETLE DRAWER MONITOR:

Currently experimental: mix ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar with ¼ tsp hardened vegetable oil and spread on base of hive beetle drawer (H). Check periodically for presence of hive beetles.

*THIS IS NOT FOR VARROA MITE MONITORING

LOCK DRAWERS:

Lock drawers by aligning the holes of each drawer (J) with the hole of the case (K). Suggestions for the locking point are clevis fastener or cotter pins, twist tie, bolt, zip tie, etc.

OPTIONALS EXTRAS:

SwarmStopper™:

To temporarily prevent swarming, add SwarmStopper™ inserts (L - not included) to both drawers. Lock drawers.

*use no more than 2 consecutive days

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VENTED INSERT:

The vented insert (M) can be used for moving hives or increasing ventilation with entrance reducer (insert E or F) installed.Add the vented insert (M) to drawer(s). For hive moving ensure you have locked the drawers and secured the ProtectaBEE™.

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