The first season’s meeting was held on Saturday 4 July 2018
About 12 people attended.
1. We discussed how are hives have been going through the winter, and this varied from hives doing well, to some people losing most or all of their hives. The problems included serious wasp attack in autumn, and treating for varroa with oxalic acid sublimator. As regards wasps, early trapping is important as it reduces the number of wasp queens, and accordingly the number of wasp colonies. Finding and killing wasp nests will remain important, and I can provide and install Vespex once we have confirmed that the wasps are taking protein feed which is the lure for fipronil. Please contact me for instructions in how to establish wasp vulnerability before using Vespex.
2 We then had a short practical session on assembling a wooden frame, or cleaning up if used already, wiring it up, and insertion of foundation.
3 We had a good conversation with Eric Johnson of bees supplies last week, and the providers of Bayvarol and Apivar (amitraz) are quite clear that there is no resistance to either. The failures are probably due to wrong timing of use, especially in Autumn, and the method of insertion, which we will cover at our next meeting.
Apivar (amitraz) will be used for Spring varroa control, and strips will be inserted in the third or fourth week of August. The dose is 2 strips per brood box, and left in place for 12 weeks. As the product is provided in packets of 10, we can provide broken pack amount to those with a number of hives which is not a multiple of 5. Please contact us very soon so we can order the right amount of Apivar, cost is about $10 per treatment.
4 Moving hives – if you need help, just let us know and we can assist with a vehicle or trailer if needed
5 Next meeting Saturday 1 September at noon, the usual Spring agenda to be sent out soon
Tudor and Clare
Remember, attendance is by invitation only, so send us an email if you wish to attend.