Re: Good news!
We have bees coming out of our ears practically here in South Florida. Just caught another swarm (#5 this year in my own backyard) this morning without trying and they are not my bees. I have never purchased bees except for a queen. Didn't catch squat last year. Had one cut out abscond last year but no hives of mine have died out. Believe me, I am knocking on wood. I have moved 3 hives to 2 other properties to hedge my bets (other people's backyards). I have given away 2 hives to new beeks (alive so far). I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. I just hope it doesn't.....BTW, they are not hot. I have one that's a bit runny but only at night if you bump them. Nobody is crazy defensive......yet.
South Florida, 9 hives, 2 nuc, no treatments, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b