Ventilation is very important for winter survival but in some climates some insulation is also helpful. Wrap your hives with this plastic/ insulation hive wrap cut to fit standard 8-frame two story hive.
Bee Cozy winter wraps have shielded honeybees from harsh North American and Canadian winters for over 25 years. These easy to use – slip-on, slip-off – UV treated polypropylene wraps contain environmentally friendly R8 fiberglass, just the insulating layer your bees need to winter successfully. The Bee Cozy protects your hives from freezing winter temperatures and provides a windbreak for breezy locations. Slip the Bee Cozy on your beehives in late fall to prevent unnecessary heat loss and conserve feed stores. Your bees will brood up faster, so you can split earlier in the spring and be ready for the honey flow. The Bee Cozy helps beekeepers to ‘wrap up’ overwintering and move into spring with stronger, healthier brood and bees!
We stock these in the following sizes:
10 frame 2-story (2 deeps)
10 frame 1-story (1 deep)
8 frame 2-story (2 deeps)
Note: these wraps are about 4″ longer than needed to cover the specified hive configuration, and the excess material gets folded down after installation. However, this excess material also gives you some additional flexibility in how you choose to stack your boxes for winter. For example, if you’re overwintering your hive(s) with 1 or 2 deep hive bodies with a super on top, the excess material would cover most of the additional super.