Now is the time to apologize to my readers for not posting sooner, but I’m not. I have done that too many times before. My skills at blogging are not the best in the world on the good days. I am in Knoxville, TN getting ready to have a family reunion with my boys and their families. While the girls are gone to get the food supplies, I thought I might get caught up with my thoughts and get some of them down in print.
Spring is just about over in parts of the Southeast USA. It is now time to pull the rest of your honey and extract, use what chemical or natural treatment for the next 46 or so days before the summer and fall blooms arrives. You are checking for Varroa Mites, you know, those little blood sucking bugs like ticks or vampires. When the mites are above the threshold of say two or three to maybe about 100-150 bees, then you must thin them out by any means (legal of course) that you have at your disposal.
You know that when you kill, trap, or knock off the mites that you can see, there are usually 2 times more mites that you cannot see in the capped brood area. That is why you need to treat for at least 3 times about 7 days apart. That way when the adult bees emerge from their cells, the mites will emerge with them and your treatments can get to them as well.
For those of you that are new to beekeeping, you will notice that most of the treatments recommended by your mentors or in the directions of the chemical packages will be around 21 days or about 5-6 weeks. This is because of the life cycles of most things. 7 or so days or multiples of 7 (generally speaking).
Now while you are cooling your heels while waiting for the days to pass so you can treat again, this would be a good time to check your wooden ware for abnormalities and fix them, or you could be putting some more boxes and frames together.
Thinking ahead to the fall time now, would be a great time to get ready for the autum and winter periods by checking your pollen substitute and sugar for sugar water for winter feeding should you have a need to.
If you think I have not given enough information or that I have not explained clear enough, please post a note at the bottom of this or any post and I will endeavor to elaborate to your satisfaction.
As always, keep your veil handy, your smoker lit, and you hive tool sharp.