Varroa. August in central Ark. Make nucs?
Well, they are here. And by the looks of the numbers, they have been for a while. 2 hives, #1 appears very strong and lower mite count - but still significant. #2 is weak and high mites. Of course.
I have not treated. Hives are 1.5 yo. I am inspecting today. Is it too late in the year to create nucs? I'm thinking of splitting up #2. I can get local queens, if necessary. I'm just not sure of a plan of attack. If it's weak, there likely isn't a lot of brood.
Any recommendations on how to proceed? I want to stay treatment free. I've seen enough info on making nucs - I can wing that. But it's the questions like - what if no brood, is there enough time, etc., that are still nebulous.
Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
8fr medium equipment