I personally use the 'Z' spring type, and have done so
since 1985. They have been of assistance most of the time, but have
also caused the odd "incident".
Stainless 'Z' Springs
Net Enclosing Bags
Methods of Securing Hives for Transit
Some use old rope or staples for this purpose, yet
others use straps with ratchetable buckles. Perforated steel plates
and screws can be rapidly applied using a battery powered screwdriver.
The lock slides and 'Z' springs listed here fit to the boxes
in a permanent fashion. They are secure, but are easily unfastened. If
they are used in out apiaries where the hives may be pushed over by
vandals they will usually hold the hive together.
Hive staples were common at one time, but I have not seen
them used much recently and I have no personal experience of them.
They are available from the
appliance trade as are the
The netting bags that can be passed over the hive and
secured with a drawstring are also beyond my experience.
It is common to use foam plastic strips that can be pushed
into the entrance to block the bees in, but I have used either solid
wooden blocks or hinged entrance closures on my own hives.
Originated... Summer 2000, Revised... 11 October 2002