Bee netting is a fabric that acts as an insect barrier for many crops. It works by preventing insects from accessing the plants. This can prevent or reduce damage caused by insects. Bee netting is also used prior to bloom to prevent bees from entering the vineyard and is especially important for seed crops to prevent cross-pollination.
Why use bee netting?
Bees are wild animals and can be unpredictable in their foraging patterns. If bees are pollinating your fruit, you will end up with seeds.
For seedless citrus and berries,
it is not a good thing, because the seeds will make the fruit inedible. The most effective way to protect your fruit from bees is to use a barrier of some kind that keeps them out of the tree or off the fruit.
Once the grapes have attained full ripeness, bees start to swarm toward the vines with the intent to suck out the grapes’ contents. People drape and secure netting over every grapevine in the vineyard. This step is crucial to your wine’s quality.
Keeping bees away can be either physical or chemical in nature, but the netting is one of the more common physical barriers that you can use to keep bees out of your crops.
It can also be used to protect grapes from bees, to stop them from damaging the grape skins and sucking out the juice before it has had a chance to ferment into wine. All of your goals are to prevent insect access to the fruit or flowers while still allowing air and moisture through.
The difference between bee netting and bird netting?
As a result, it is very important to make sure you purchase the right netting for your particular needs. This is because bees and birds are vastly different in their size and weight and cannot be caught in the same netting.
In fact, it is the size of the mesh that makes the difference. Bird netting usually has a larger mesh than bee netting. Normally, the size of the bee is shown in the figure.
Mesh with a diameter of less than 12mm can restrict bees and other pollinators from entering or excluding them. Mesh with a diameter of more than 12mm basically fails to bees. In other words, if the mesh of the anti-bird net is larger than 12x12mm, it can only prevent birds and cannot prevent bees.
The bird netting protects against birds, but not against bees. The bee netting, on the other hand, can be used to protect against both birds and bees.
4 kinds of bee netting
Bee netting is very important in agriculture, especially in the protection of fruit trees from harmful insects, bees.
They have the following feature：
- Made from high quality polyethylene，Not only is it very durable, but it’s also UV resistant and weatherproof.
- Lightweight material that can be easily attached to existing structures or posts using zip ties.
- Flexible enough to wrap around objects such as trees, poles or sign posts while keeping out insects like bees.
- The finer mesh holes allow air to move through the net while still keeping out bees and other flying insects.
- Tensile strength can reach to 160kg/sq meter. it is not easy to break
- be used in different situations. which can prevent bees from entering the flowering garden, honeycomb, fruits and vegetables.
This is a great choice for greenhouses and crops where you want your harvest to be bug-free!
According to the different mesh structures and the different purposes of use,
EyouAgro provides 4 types of bee netting solutions. Their tighter weave keeps out even the smallest bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and other flying bugs.
It’s also great for bird protection, as birds are kept from roosting on plants with this fine mesh.
|Type No.||Mesh Size [mm]||Weight [g/m2]||Shading [%]||Size [m]||Colour||UV Warranty|
|Square Bee Netting | SMP60||4.5×2||60||20%||4x100m||White/Green||5 Year|
|Triangle Bee Netting | TM60||8.5×2.5/2||60||25%||4x100m||White/Black||5 Year|
|Triangle+ Bee Netting | TMP90||4.5×2.0/2||90||40%||4x100m||White/Black||5 Year|
|Diamond Bee Netting | DM52||4.5×4.5||52||35%||14x100m||White/Green||5 Year|
How to choose the bee netting?
Comparing the different types of bee netting is a good way to find the right one for you,
but first, before you settle on any product it’s important to know what to look for.
There are three main considerations to keep in mind when choosing your bee netting: the species, the purpose and the size.
- For Apple & Pear Grower,
due to the large batch planting area, cost factors and ease of disassembly are the main considerations
Therefore, Square Mesh Plus 60 is the first choice.
- For Seedless Citrus Growers,
the knotless weave pattern makes flexible and Highest Exclusion Rate.
Therefore, Diamond Mesh 52 is preferred.
- For Grape Growers,
according to the characteristics of grape planting and growth.
Therefore, Triangle Mesh 60 is the first choice.
If you belong to other fruit growers, please contact us.
EyouAgro will give professional advice, and EyouAgro can also customize bee nets according to your requirements.
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How to install the bee netting?
Now that spring is here let’s look at some tips on how to install anti-bee netting for your orchard. Installing anti bee netting in your fruit trees can be tricky and time-consuming, but once completed correctly it really does stop the orchard bees from pollinating your fruit.
3 kinds of installation way:
Single Row Drape
Multi Row Drape
If you need to install anti bee netting, there are 4 specific steps you should take.
First, make sure that you are buying the right anti bee netting for your trees.
Second, level the ground as much as possible before putting up the fence.
Third, set up the fence so that it is parallel to the area where you want the trees to grow.
Fourth, buy anchor bolts and get them ready before installing them on the ground.
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How to measure quantities and calculate costs of bee netting?
- The first step is to measure the area you have to cover. This can be done using string, a measuring tape, and some stakes. Take care that the string you use is not so thin that it will break when you tie it to the stakes or that it is not too thick as to be difficult to see. The next step is to measure the spacing， size of and height of your fruit trees. All these figures will be used to calculate how much net you need. Make sure the net is left a little more on the ground so that it covers all the fruit trees and prevents the bees from burrowing through the bottom of the net.
- The amount of net used will depend on the installation method, whether it is single row drape, multi-row drape, or side netting.
- There are so many different shapes, sizes, and styles of netting available we have created a Netting Calculator to help you work out how much netting you will need for your project. The calculator is easy to use and will give you an instant quote for your netting.
- We are pleased to offer you premium bee netting and accessories. Please contact us for a price list if you would like a quote.
4 Tips for bee netting
When to install
The important thing is to be sure the bees arrive in the spring before the new growth starts. If you wait too long, the risk of attaining the population for which you are trying to protect your crop increases. For seedless citrus, the time to install is before blooming, as it is necessary to prevent citrus pollination. The presence of honey bees, wasps, hornets, and bumblebees can prove to be a nuisance for grape pickers as the fruit ripens. So it is best to have bee netting installed before the fruit ripens.
Where to buy
EyouAgro specializes in all types of Agriculture netting, including bee netting, bird netting, hail netting, shade netting, etc. We have been working in this field for over 20 years and have extensive research and experience in the protection of agriculture. We can give you professional advice on the purchase and use of the net according to your needs. Contact us!
How to maintain
When using, avoid contact with sharp objects as this can damage the mesh surface. When using the net, try to avoid violent dragging of the net surface on the ground, as this can also cause abrasion of the net surface and affect the use of the net. When removing the net after use, care needs to be taken to avoid damage to the net from brutal handling. When storing, please store in a dry place, out of direct sunlight. If there are some minor tears in the mesh during use, they can be sewn back on by you with a needle and thread and will not affect further use.
We offer a five-year warranty for use of our products.
Bee netting is a key part of any pest management tool kit. It can protect crops from damage caused by insects, specifically bees and yellow jackets.
Furthermore, bee netting can also prevent cross-pollination, as it allows for only one-way movement by the pollinators, from plant to plant. To ensure that bee netting is being used correctly, it should be put in place when the buds begin to break and when they are just starting to flip open.
If you need advice on bee netting, please contact us.