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I just checked the hives again (as well as refilled the hive top feeders) and in one of the hives, hive “A”, I only saw two small hive beetles (SHB) in the feeder this time (and I squished them). I opened the hive to check the frames for any sign of problems but everything looks good. I went down all the way to the bottom hive body and checked the brood pattern. Some of the frames are completely full of honey/sugar syrup in capped cells, there’s still lots of brood in the hive and and the bees are very active and busy. I didn’t see the queen but I couldn’t dig around so much as the bees began to get defensive and agitated that I was messing with the hive. While putting the hive back together I added a couple of SHB traps in the super above the queen excluder in order to try and trap any SHB that may be in the hive.

In hive “B” (the one on the left or the south side) I did not see any SHB in the hive top feeders and things are looking good. I didn’t see as much brood as there was in hive “A” but I did find a frame that was packed with brood in uncapped cells. One thing that bothers me is that almost all of the frames that I added to this hive — using Duragilt as the foundation — have comb on them that is incomplete. Rather than build comb on the entire frame the bees have built it only on part of the foundation. In the spring, assuming all goes well, I will be replacing these frames with new ones where the foundation is beeswax only with wire support. The hive has no problems with the frames in the super above the excluder (which is made with beeswax only).

I am waiting until this evening to go back out to spray the ground with nematodes who will burrow into the ground and feed on SHB larva. Once that’s done I’m going to wait a couple of days before putting down the diatomaceous earth around the hives. I’m going to install mite boards to determine varroa mite levels as well as Boardman feeders with water either tomorrow or the day after.

On the whole I’m pleased with the status of hives.


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