Total Beehives: 5
I treated the beehives with varroa treatments because I do not plan to harvest the honey this year. August and September are the best months to harvest honey and early spring and winter are the best times to treat for varroa mites. I have lost hives in the past in early spring because they were not treated for varroa mites. Now, I am familiar with some of the varroa treatments and when to use them.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
- gave them pollen patties made of pollen substitute, lard, and Honey-B-Healthy, the lemongrass oil in Honey-B-Healthy is supposed to help keep the varroa mites away
- top bar beehive has some of the pollen patty on the outside entrance in the photo, bees did not seem to like it, a few did get somewhat stuck in it and then enter the hive
- treated three of the five hives with the oxalic acid vaporizer (I do not intend to harvest honey this season unfortunately)
- gave all five hives a powdered sugar dusting
- did not see any ant infestation
Saturday, August 26, 2017
- treated three of the five hives with the oxalic acid vaporizer as a varroa mite treatment
- hive 1 (top bar hive) and 4 were not treated with the oxalic acid vaporizer. Hive number four’s entrance is not tall enough for the vaporizer. Possibly because I mixed bee hive brands and it caused too short of an entrance.
- gave all hives a powdered sugar dusting
- found yellow jackets right out in front of the hives while gardening and sprayed them with insecticide
Wednesday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
- tiger lilies I planted are no longer blooming
- treated three of the five hives with the oxalic acid vaporizer
- hive number 4 (an empty hive that a swarm took up residence in) was not treated with the oxalic acid vaporizer because the vaporizer did not fit under the entrance. I tried cutting/sawing a bigger entrance with a pruner I had on me and it was a complete mistake. Eventually the bees got too agitated and I injured at least one and broke through propolis and I ended up just walking away (I was wearing a bee suit). Some of the bees followed me quite a long distance. I would never do that again unless I had a power tool and a quick plan for cutting a taller entrance. Hive number four is not going to get the vaporizer varroa treatment. That hive will just get thymol treatments, essential oils and powdered sugar dustings for varroa treatments.
- hive number 1 (the top bar hive) also did not get an oxalic acid vaporizer varroa mite treatment
- all hives had a powdered sugar dusting
- the one photo of hive number 6 shows how I moved the entrance reducer and ended up just breaking a small part of it off (because they had it well sealed with propolis and the entrance reducer was pushed in) in order to use the vaporizer, by tapping sifter I just put a little of the remaining powdered sugar on the outside of the hive. Occasionally, I see the bees eating the powdered sugar on the outside of the hive a little.
- Two of the photos show what I am sure is a black hawk that flies above the beehives occasionally.
- The other two photos of the hive entrances just show how as of July 2017 all of the beehives are active and healthy looking
- The one photo is a closeup of a bee I had on my hand and I did get stung eventually by another bee because of that
Sunday, July 23, 2017
- gave each hive ApiGuard as a thymol based varroa mite treatment
- other pictures show how there was flooding in northern Illinois where I have my five beehives
- the birds are herons
- gave all the hives ApiGuard for varroa mite control and a powdered sugar dusting
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
- gave each hive ApiGuard as a varroa mite treatment, it is thymol based
- the tiger lilies I planted were blooming
- also gave all the hives a powdered sugar dusting