Because it's so easy to use and adapts readily to most situations, netting has become the way to protect hives from bears, wildlife, livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs) and feral hogs.
Though electric netting was originally designed as sheep fence, it did not take long for other uses to develop. It's particularly good for protecting beehives from marauding bears (who will travel a long way for honey), and other wildlife and curious livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, domestic pigs and feral pigs). Though we carry a wide range of netting options, these are commonly used for hive protection:
For livestock and bears:
For smaller predators:
- VersaNet® Plus 9/20/3 stops opossums, skunks and raccoons. Also great for protecting gardens.
Like all nets, the posts are already built into the net. To install, just unfold it. Set the posts by hand. Proven by years of use worldwide.
If used with care, electric netting will last 10 years. Do not allow rodents to build nests in the fence when stored.
To Reduce Risk and Liability...
Are electric fences a serious safety risk to humans?
Because touching an electric fence is painful and the voltages are high, most assume that the risks from an energized fence must also be high. That's a myth. Consider that millions of people throughout the world are "exposed" to millions of electric fences every day—yet they are involved in (but are not always the cause of) less than one human death or serious injury per year worldwide. Compare that to the number of annual injuries and deaths that occur from human exposure to tractors, skid loaders, ladders, PTO shafts, balers, mowers, combines, bulls, stallions, rifles, shotguns, knives, etc. This is not to suggest that there is no risk at all. There is, indeed, a small level of risk. And with risk, there is also liability to the fence's owner.
What NOT to do!
- Never place your head or upper spine near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil. Be careful when doing so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never attempt to step over or climb through an energized fence of any kind.
- Never encourage anyone to touch an electric fence.
In 1991 an accidental fatality occurred when a young child's head contacted an electrified fence while the child was crawling on wet grass. The fence was correctly installed and functioning properly. The energizer was a UL approved unit. As a result, Premier strongly advises against allowing toddlers access to any electrified fences. Also, due to this incident and others, experts now suggest that human contact by an energized wire to the head and neck may be the most dangerous point of contact. We urge all to especially avoid this kind of contact.