Before next honey season, I intend to drill upper entrances in my honey supers, an idea I got from beekeeper Anthony Planakis. But before I busied myself with the hole saw, I needed a way to plug the holes. I wanted a system that was reliable, fast, reversible, nice-looking, and would allow the boxes to be stored without a lot of space between the stacks.
Ultimately, I decided on wooden furniture buttons, the kind that are often used to cover recessed screws. I searched on the internet and found exactly what I was looking for from a company called Widgetco.com. The one-inch size in maple cost 24 cents each when I purchased a quantity of 25, and they were shipped for a flat rate of $2.95.
Once they arrived, I just doused them with a can of spray paint. They are so cute I couldn’t wait to use them, so I took the duct tape off two entrances of my top-bar hive (my former method of reducing) and inserted the buttons. It looks so much better than duct tape. In spring, they can be pried out with a hive tool.
I don’t know if I will ever need to plug the honey super entrances, but I wanted to be ready in case of robbing or a yellowjacket attack. Since I use the same one-inch hole saw for everything, I can also use the buttons to reduce the number of ventilation ports in my quilt boxes, if necessary, or to close off the entrances in my feeder rims.
Now I just have to curb my enthusiasm—I want to drill holes in everything.
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