Wednesday last in all the good weather we put the screened bottom boards on our hives, and added our honey supers as the bees have been loving this weather! Well, Canada being Canada, should have known that we’d still have to wait until Victoria Day to put our transplants in or to feed our ladies some sweet honey with some awesome essential oils — turns out an upside down garbage can (Rubbermaid) is the perfect watering hole. Just add lemongrass, thyme and lavender essential oils and no one drowns…
2015 Winter Losses: Zero
Number of Hives: Three
Brood Type: 2x double deep, 1x single deep
Spring IPM Check: Sticky board monitoring for 72 hours. Mite drop was 61 mites over 72 hours (61 / 3) 20 mites / 24 hours ((May 12 – 15, 2016) = very high. No SHB, no wax moths; one hive with screened bottom board (mite check) had ants gathering in large numbers (encouraged to go elsewhere). Garlic mustard, Greater Celandine, violets, Redbud in bloom (plums and apples finished). Flurries today, high of 7C.
Recommended OMAFRA Treatment Threshold:
|Monitoring Method||Number of Varroa Mites in May||Number of Varroa Mites in August|
|Ether Roll||1 mite / 100 bees||2 mites / 100 bees|
|Alcohol Wash||2 mites / 100 bees||3 mites / 100 bees|
|Sticky Board||9 mites / 24 hr drop||12 mites / 24 hr drop|
Treatment Method: MiteAway Quick Strips – organic formic acid treatment; to be applied as full treatment.
Anticipated Treatment Date: Friday May 20th – daily temperatures need to be above 10C.
After treatment I will redo the varroa mite trap monitoring, then evaluate whether a second treatment is needed.
How many little bastards can you spot in the following photo?