No smell on Formic=bad
I put on a Mite Away II pad (Formic Acid) to two hives this weekend. The first one out of the package had almost no smell. Pretty new to treating so did not think much of it. The second one I put on I could smell as soon as I opened the package. It is in a bucket of 10. Looking for Options: Let it ride or remove and replace. Yes they are old, yes I am cheap and would rather not poison them anyway.
I did a 24 hr. sticky board test last month on 3 of the doubles that I could get to easy. Maybe one or two per hive, thought I was good for the year. Bee meeting suggested sugar roll since this was last chance of the year to treat. I did a sugar roll this weekend and had 3, 4, 10 and 12 for about ¾ cup of bees. The 12 mite count hive was only in the top box, bottom was almost completely empty of brood or honey.
Weather has been unseasonably warm at highs of 80’s for this week. Extended forecast is for our usual rain and 60’s for this week so I am thinking change it out. I also have 4 mated queens in 5 Frames, 2 that are just now laying that I can replace a queen if they do not make the treatment cycle.
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)