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Monday, September 10, 2007

Feeding and Sugar Shaking and Unwanted Critters

Since the two hives died, I am trying to keep my other two hives doing well as we approach fall. I started feeding about two weeks ago. Sugar syrup feeding means hive beetles galore! See picture of them in the corner of this hive being fed. The bees keep the beetles cornered but there are tons of them - and this with a working SHB trap in the hive that also has many dead beetles in it.
For extra good measure, I also did a powdered sugar shake on the bees. The two pictures below show you how the bees look after a good sugar shake. In the process I discovered that I had lost my bee brush. I'll order another because I often use it.

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1 comment:

  1. That sure is alot of SHB. Did you have fun smashing them. It definately shows how they can reproduces quickly. How about trying a west trap or maybe you already have.


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