On Sunday, I pulled out the IPM insert and found in the debris: wax moths, some kine of larvae, a couple of SHB, and lots of mites. Also, I was watching the bees evict a couple of reluctant drones and saw they were also dragging out bees with deformed wings. I was pretty upset to see all of this because, aside from a couple SHB I had seen nothing to indicate there may be a problem, the last time I was in the hive.
I bought a couple of Apistan strips and a beetle blaster trap.
I went into the hive and checked all 6 supers on the hive(8-frame mediums); working from the the bottom up I found:
Box #1 -- uncapped honey. about half a doz SHB. No brood.
Box #2 -- capped brood and some capped honey. some emerging young bees....my first time, very exciting. no larvae
Box #3 -- capped and open brood. some capped honey. a couple bees with deformed wings
Box #4 -- lots of open and some capped honey on 8 frames -- box weighed about 30 lbs. saw 1 worker w/ a mite on her back
Box #5 -- 8 frames of capped honey-- box weighed about 50 lbs
Box#6 -- foundation....nothing drawn, hardly any bees. I left this box off as I was concerned it would attract moths if the bees weren't going to be working it.
I had cleaned the IPM board of all debris on Sunday, by Wednesday there were some moths and it seemed like a LOT of mites and a few beetles
i put a beetle-blaster trap in the bottom super where we'd seen the SHB and an Api-strip on the one above that.
Do you think this hive will be okay? is there anything I am not doing that I should be or doing that I should not be doing?
i am going to attempt to attach a photo or 2 if it might help.
One last thought: I am seeing a LOT of yellow jackets buzzing around the grass in front of the hive. They do not appear to be trying to go into the hive, although there were a couple attempts while I had the hive open. I even killed one that had its head inside a honey cell. I am seeing them carrying off the injured drones, larvae and Deformed Wing bees that are being ejected.
thank you in advance for any insight or advice you can offer.
Sorry, I am unable to get a photo attached