Our custom-made bee hauling tarps are made from mesh rather than solid vinyl.
Bee hauler tarps are also called bee nets because of the mesh fabric they are made out of in order to be breathable while covering the hives.
Rather, our bee nets are essentially heavy-duty bee tarps made of mesh rather than heavy-duty hauling tarps that are made of strong, quite solid, waterproof vinyl.
The coating on the mesh makes it resistant to abrasion and prevents it from ripping easily.
Typically, our bee-hauling tarps are reinforced with webbing around the edges to ensure they can withstand the rigors of transportation, and we heat-weld the seams for durability.
We punch grommets into the hem of honeybee tarp covers to tie the tarp down.
Additionally, we sew 2-4 rows of D-rings around the edges of hive transportation tarps so that the tarp can be secured fully from a choice of loops.
These also help to spread the tension in the bee-hauling tarp when it is strapped down.
We like to incorporate an end tail or rain flap at one end of the tarp, sometimes at both ends, depending on the needs of the customer.
Ultimately, Trison Tarps undertakes to meet your bee-hauling tarp needs, which is why we make-to-order.
We have 4 sizes available as stock sizes:
- 16′ x 27′ with Flap – 4 foot drop bee net tarp
- 24′ x 27′ with Flap – 8 foot drop bee net tarp
- 28′ x 27′ with Flap – 10 foot drop bee net tarp
- 28′ x 20′ w Flap – 10 foot drop tarp with 20 foot length instead of 27 foot (ideal for shorter trailer configurations).
And we can also custom build to meet your needs if you need a custom bee net width or length, for example. We don’t charge extra for custom sizes, the price per sq foot is the same as if you buy one of our stock sizes.
What Are Bee Hauling Tarps?
Bee hauling tarps, also known as beekeeper hauling tarps, beekeeping covers, bee nets, and a number of related names, are designed and made from durable bee tarp materials to protect beehives during transportation.
Basically, they are used by beekeepers to cover their beehives while they are being transported to different locations including pollination sites or different apiaries.
How Are Bee Hauling Tarps Different from Other Tarps?
Bee-hauling tarps are the only transportation tarpaulins designed specifically to protect a particular living cargo.
Typically, hive transportation tarps are made from tough, durable, PVC-coated mesh that allows moisture and air to pass through them.
This is an important difference because it provides the hives with the essential ventilation needed while the bees are being transported, which heavy-duty truck tarps and durable cargo tarps won’t do.
They are usually designed to fit snugly over beehives, and often feature straps or tie-downs to secure the tarp to the hive.
Tarps made with coated vinyl mesh, like bee-hauling tarps, are sometimes used as nursery tarps when garden centers and landscapers need to transport shrubs, trees, and large plants in general.
When moving livestock, it makes much more sense to use more solid vinyl-coated waterproof hauling tarps that protect the animals.
Benefits of Using Bee Hauling Tarps to Transport Bees
While there’s nothing to stop you from using regular trucking tarps or flatbed trailer tarps as beehive transport covers, they don’t work the same way as bee hauling tarps.
These will keep the hives in place, but protective beekeeping tarps enable bee haulers to feed the bees, cool them off so that they don’t overheat, and ensure they don’t escape.
To prevent the bees from getting too hot most bee haulers travel at night, when the temperatures are generally cooler.
But they also install special sprinkler systems that are connected to the underside of the trailer that prevents heat from building up under the apiary hauling tarps or apiary tarp systems.
Depending on how many bees are being transported, bee haulers can feed them manually or with sugar water dispensers.
Once beekeeping tarpaulins and their flaps are securely in place, the bees can’t escape because the tiny holes in the mesh are too small for them to fit through.
The mesh net does, though, allow the sugar water to get through.
Using D-rings and grommets keeps the beehives secured safely on the bed of the truck.
How to Order a New Bee Hauling Tarp
To order a new bee hauling tarp, all you have to do is call us at 1-855-851-4700 or fill in a contact form.
Alternatively, you are welcome to visit us at 3955 FM 137 in Paris, Texas to discuss your hive transportation tarps needs.
Once you have specified exactly what you need and placed your order, we will give you a time and day to bring your trailer and/or flatbed truck to our facility.
Generally, we can produce your custom bee hauler tarps within 1 week of date of order.
If you need your bee tarp quicker, we can usually turn it around within 2-3 business day.
Feel free to give us a call today!
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The Trison Tarps team looks forward to doing business with you.
What are Bee Hauling Tarps?
Most beekeepers keep hives primarily to harvest them for their honey or wax, so they seldom have a need to move established hives.
But there are thousands of other beekeepers who keep bees so that they can provide farmers with valuable pollination services.
These bees aren’t reared for what they can produce, but rather to pollinate specific large-scale crops.
When beekeepers rear bees for pollination purposes, they often rent them out to farmers who don’t have their own bees.
Otherwise, they sell the bees for the same reason, sometimes to repopulate diminished swarms.
Either way, this means they need to transport the hives to the locations where pollination is required, typically, on flatbed trucks or trailers.
But the challenge when hauling bees is to ensure that the bees don’t get upset and the hives aren’t damaged.
This is why Trison Tarps supplies purpose-designed mesh bee-hauling nets rather than the standard vinyl tarps our customers use for hauling steel, timber, machinery, livestock, and other cargo.