Wax foundation sheets or even wax starter strips do assist in attracting honey bee scouts to a potential catch box or empty bee hive. The scent is picked up during the heat of the day as the internal temperature of the bee hive heats up and causes beeswax scent to eminate from the hive.
Beeswax sheets can also be used to roll beeswax candles. This is quite expensive and beeswax is extremely hard to come by let alone be used in a situation where it cannot be recyclable. Beekeepers are reluctant to have pure beeswax leave the industry for use as rolled beeswax candles or otherwise.
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Voila! It didn't take too long for someone to finally replace (note of sarcasm) the wooden bee hive frame with its wire and eyelets and staples and nails. I have not had the incling to test or try the new innovation of plastic frames but I have seen and touched them and they look okay. I still prefer the Jackson hive design of frame which uses wood still but needs no nails and doesn't make use of frame wire...
No-Wire, No-Nails Frames
Actually, there was a fundamental innovationin in design of bee hive frames when the Jackson Hive was developed in South Africa. The Jackson family has been involved in Organic farming and Beekeeping for decades. Obviously the two industries go hand-in-hand with each other however the Jackson Beehive has had an uphill battle in South Africa. There are no easy ways to change people's perception of the monopolised design of the Langstroth. So the Jackson beehive went north of the border and is implemented across central Africa especially in humid forests by the thousands.
The beauty of the innovative Jackson bee hive frame is that it uses no nails and no frame wire. You can insert your own frame wire if you really want to but the bees build their comb right to the side bars. The Jackson beehive frame is designed to strengthen the joins so that the frame hardly ever comes apart like the Langstroth beehive's frame. Take a look at the Jackson Beehive now...
BIG PUSH FOR BEEKEEPERS
There is massive movement afoot by governments funding projects involving new beekeeping development and businesses centred around keeping bees. The reason? Food security is a major issue and bees pollinate about 70% of our crops.
You can get involved and start beekeeping too! It doesn't cost much to get going. You need a handful of bee supplies and beekeeping tools to get you started. Once you have these basic tools and bee supplies it's simply a matter of how many bee hives you want to keep. Generally speaking, the average amount of honey harvested in a year makes money enough to cover the small start-up costs.
So what's keeping you from starting beekeeping? Visit our article Make money from honey for more info...
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