- 06-24-2011, 09:26 AM
Well, I had a pretty good spring catching the swarms and doing cut-outs and have them in 10 frame boxes. I have 9 hives so far and have a couple that have had a problem with the moth and beetle. I built some screened bottom boards and installed them. They are doing their job as there are dead SHB in the oil bath trays under the screen. I decreased the entrance opening so as to allow the bees to be able to defend their hive from the moth. How else does someone fight off the wax moth?
- 06-25-2011, 11:39 AM
All these bees are from this year and most are still in the 1 hive body only. The ones I have added another box to are the really strong ones. I reduced the opening to give the bees a smaller opening to defend on the weaker hives (2) but they are only building on 3-4 frames and probably should be in a NUC box. I watched the other night on one of the strong hives when a moth was trying desperately to get in but the bees at the opening just kept shutting it out. So that's when I reduced the main opening on thew weaker ones. Thanks, Ben