I am right in the middle of putting the apiguard
mite treatment in the bee hive. (ie. 5 minutes ago)
I was standing there in my bee keepers suit. Had the top off the hive, was filling the tray feeder with a fresh batch of sugar-water when BAM there was a big crack of lightning.
Then 30 seconds later it started to pour.
Doing the math to calculate how close the lightning was, according to that link above, I took 2 seconds divided by 5 = means the lightning was 4 /10’s of a mile from me.
Soooooooooo, I put the lid back on the hive and headed for the house, where I am now sitting until the rain lets up. ( I am still damp). This is my first attempt @ using a mite treatment. ( This is just my second season with bees.) Pretty sure one of the main reasons our honey bees didn’t make it last year was because of the lack of mite treatment. Just a guess.
Wish I had a local bee keeper here to walk me through some of this stuff.
I had one super on the hive. (that is the box with frames in it you put on the hive for honey)
Well, you’re supposed to not have that on the hive when you treat for mites with the apiguard, because it will make the honey stink. Wasn’t sure what to do with the hundreds (1000’s?) of bees hanging out on the frames. Decided to take each frame out one by one, brush the bees off with a bee brush back into the main hive, and hope most of them stay put.
In order to keep the bees calm you’re supposed to blow a little smoke on the bees. I tried to find some burlap for the smoker, (as per AVWalters suggestion)
but couldn’t find any, and the pine needles are all wet. I tried to generate enough smoke with the newspaper and cotton seed fiber I have on hand. What a joke. Smoked for 20 seconds, then felt like I was trying to calm down a hoard of barbarians who would at any second realize, I the intruder of their inner sanctuary was standing right outside their hive unarmed. The tone of the hive (the pitch of their buzzing sound, went from calm to agitated pretty quick.
Planning to go to my first local bee keepers meeting in two weeks. It won’t be soon enough.
I read (and was told) this is the time to treat for mites in our area.
Maybe I will finish tonight, and maybe I won’t. 😉
2018 bee hive.