I'm a first year beekeeper. I have two hives both commercial mediums (6-box ea) 8-frames. I was noticing one hive, the bees were carrying out their dead and also forcing some out. The yellow jackets are skimming the grass in front of this hive but not so much at the other. Periodically a European Wasp comes by to try pick off one of the bees. I've done a mite count and they one was 250 and the other 450 in 3 day period. I just had Apiguard delivered and am waiting for the shims to arrive so I can apply to the hives.
I went into the hive all the way down to the brood boxes 9/24 and noticed bees with mites on them and seemed that they were uncapping their brood. I noticed a few bees dragging out a larvae which had a mite on it. There were several bees with deformed wings.
I wanted to become a beekeeper so sustain my bees and am ready to take aggressive action but one of my mentors is a little reluctant and would prefer to treat with just powdered sugar. His thoughts is that the Apiguard could leave residuals in the hive.
What are the pros of treating with Apiguard now rather than taking a less aggressive approach? What's better treat the bees or not treat and save your comb from residual effects from the Apiguard?
Also I spoke to an entomologist from Beltsville, MD and he mentioned the queen stops laying during treatment and during the Fall you want to keep the population up.
What would be the best approach?