I have a hive with a high mite count and now a pile of dead bees on the screened bottom board and underneath a slatted rack. Two deep brood boxes, one full honey super and another mostly full. I'm about to inspect since I saw the dead bees yesterday. The honey flow is really on in my area (Charlotte, NC), and I'm in my second year of beekeeping.
- What do you do natural treatment- and Sustainable Mite Control-wise when the main honey flow is on?
- Will sugar dusting violate the honey that's being put up in any way? What are other queues to look for on an inspection other than Varroa with this hive?
- What are appropriate methods during spring for replacing foundation frames with foundationless to regress the hives?
- Which frames do you remove and replace with empties or drone frames, in the brood boxes, and what do you do with the ones you removed?
- How do you get dry, fully empty combs for future/other use (if brood is being laid, and honey is on)?
Thanks one and all!!!