A simple but effective way to help your bees protect themselves from a wasp attack. Hive Gate is an advanced hive entrance to help protect your bees from robbing and enable improved regulation of the internal hive environment. By creating a hive entrance immediately underneath the main cluster, Hive Gate allows the colony to control entry more effectively and safeguards your bees from wasps (yellowjackets), robbing bees, the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina), wax moths and other pests and predators. Hive Gate also enables better control of temperature and relative humidity within the hive, reducing stress and workload and increasing productivity. What is Hive Gate How to use the Hive Gate advanced entrance The advantages of Hive Gate Hive Gate – proven success Where to Buy Key Facts Protects your bees from predation and robbing Does not interrupt normal behaviour of colony Reduces drifting of bees and therefore potential of disease spread Easy to use and low maintenance No mess No chemicals required Economical and long-lasting. What is HiveGate With HiveGate you can position the entrance to the colony directly beneath the winter cluster. This means that every bee in the cluster becomes a guard bee, and any intruders (if they are able to navigate their way into the colony), are quickly and easily identified and repelled. HiveGate extends the colony entrance to reach the centre of the bee cluster. This means that pests and predators cannot enter the colony undetected; the hive is significantly more defensible. The elongated entrance also means that any robbers that might enter the hive find it much more difficult to find their way out again and die in the hive, and therefore cannot return to report on the location of the colony. How to use Hive Gate to protect bees from wasps and robbers Position Hive Gate so that the internal entrance is beneath the centre of the winter cluster and fix the device in place. Close up the hive entrance so that the only opening is the external Hive Gate entrance (an optional Adapter Plate is available to do this). When the colony is strong, additional Hive Gate device(s) can be added to expand the entry space, or the hive entrance can be opened up, as the colony is strong enough to defend itself without assistance. Periodically clean as you usually would with hive components.