What a great stretch of weather we had. The rain was much needed. Hot weather is great but it needs to be balanced. Too long of a stretch and plants may bloom but they won’t have enough moisture to produce the nectar that the bees searching for. This condition, along with the times when there are few flowering plants is known as a dearth. It will cause the bees to slow down brood production and can even lead to hives robbing from each other which is never a good thing. Maintaining strong colonies is always the best prevention.
Bee School – coming up this Saturday. It is harvesting and extracting. Weather permitting, we will open a couple hives in the yard, “borrow” some honey and then extract it along with the boxes I have from other yards. We have room for a couple more folks, cost is $30 includes lunch, 10am start. Oh yes, wear old clothes. The next one will be the last Beginners on 15 Aug.
Varroa Mite Inspections – If you keep bees in Nova Scotia, it is pretty much inevitable that they will get varroa mites. Early detection is essential to help reduce numbers. As it is summer now, any use of chemicals will affect your honey crop so less intrusive methods are better till after harvest. I’ve included a couple of links that are useful
There are a number of ways to help reduce their spread such as maintaining strong hives, prevent robbing, avoid open feeding…. Note the difference between the varroa mite which is an evil creature and bee louse which is just a nuisance.