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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 25th July 2018

Remove/start extracting any capped frames. If you have any cut comb frames, put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any possibility of wax moth.

While removing supers remember to leave sufficient stores for your bees to carry them through the winter.

And varroa again – you have an idea from last week of the size of your varroa problem. Research the options and decide on the treatment you will use once all your supers are off. Don’t be complacent and think you don’t have any varroa as you most certainly will at some level!

The National Bee Unit have an excellent, if lengthy, handout called “Managing Varroa”. This gives a useful insight into this pest, its control through hive management and provides an up-to-date list of acceptable treatments.

I’m sure you are being extra careful with your smoker, but having had no rain in most areas for so many weeks the countryside is like a tinder box and a small spark can raise an inferno.  So please be extra vigilant at all times.

Photo: Margaret Cowley – Decapping honey

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