Foundation

Start with a strong foundation! Find out why beekeepers and bees prefer foundation by Mann Lake. Sheets of beeswax or plastic embossed with a honeycomb pattern placed in each frame to serve as a base for the bees to make honeycomb. We recommend using our best-selling waxed Rite-Cell foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rite-Cell® foundation is the plastic core foundation with the cell structure embedded into the plastic. It requires no pinning or reinforcement of any kind and can be easily inserted into an assembled frame with grooved top and bottom bars. The cell structure is deeper and has better acceptance rates than other brands. The cells of our foundation are more defined and textured, which we have found to be more appealing to the bees. Pure beeswax foundations require time-consuming reinforcement and are prone to wax moth damage and chew down by the bees. With Rite-Cell®, if wax moths enter and damage your hive, one would only need to scrape off the damage and reinsert the frames into the hive.

The bees are attracted to the scent of the beeswax that is sprayed on the waxed Rite-Cell® and they tend to draw it out quicker than the unwaxed. Unwaxed is generally purchased by the commercial beekeepers because of the cost savings when buying in volume. Bees will draw out the unwaxed, it usually just takes a little longer.

Assembled Frames with Perma-Dent Foundation are wax-coated foundations for use in your bee hives. Mann Lake's Pema-Dent Foundations are made in Hackensack, Minnesota and are BPA/BPS-free! It features a precision cell shape and offers an excellent place for your bees to start building a comb. Perma-Dent comes with the bottom corners of the foundation already cut to form communication holes. Bees like to crawl through them on their way from one frame to another. Designed with our customers in mind! Glued and stapled frames, resulting in a top-quality product that can't be beaten! Assembled frames are shipped to you with our economical Perma-Dent Foundation already inserted so all that's left for you to do is install them in your boxes.