Do your hives stay out near a wooded area where skunks hang out? Next time you go out to check your hives and the bees are behaving just absolutely nasty, check them out. Does the population of the colony seem weak? Are there scratch marks near the entrance? There’s a pretty good chance that a skunk has been terrorizing your hive by scratching at the entrance and eating your bees. No wonder they’re so nasty. Gee thanks you striped punk.
Those late Summer pests, Wax Moths, lay their eggs in the wax of the combs. the larvae emerge and eat the wax from the brood sections of the hive. This is because they (the wax moth larvae) get most of their nutrition from various impurities found in brood comb wax and in order to get to that junk, they eat the wax too.
Trying out some topical changes here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project. You may have noticed the new weekly puzzle on Wednesdays. It has a theme. That’s due to the idea that each week here will loosely focus on a particular subject.
This week’s subject is pests of beekeeping. Notice that we’re just talking about pests, not diseases or poison.
Nasty little critters like Varroa mites and Small Hive Beetles (SHB). Wax moths, ants, skunks, even dragonflies.
There are many pests that seem intent on taking down bees. We’ll spend this week talking about some of them in these posts, in the puzzles and maybe a video.
Some pests are persistent threats nearly all year long. Others are seasonal or unique to certain conditions. I won’t try to cover everything in this post, way too much ground to cover in a year let alone one week or one post.
However, we’ll spend this week getting to know a bit more about some of the troublemakers that keep making bees lives harder than they should be. They can make beekeepers jobs harder too.
Thanks for stopping by to see what we’re up to and please come back often. We’ll try to make sure we have something fresh ready every day.
Unfortunately, The Honey production and Sales class for next Monday 10/23/2017, at Metro Community College has been canceled.
UPDATE AS OF 4:00 p.m. Friday, 10/19/2017
The Honey Production and Sales class is going to happen on Monday 10/23/2017 from 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm as originally planned.
You may register at the MCC website page for this class (Honey Production and Sales Class) until Monday 10/23 midday ahead of time. Walk in at class time are unable to be accommodated at this location.
The next and last class in the MCC series for the Fall 2017 quarter, Organic Beekeeping, is open for registration. You can register online or get more specific information about registration at this MCC website page.
Please register for the Organic Beekeeping class by end of day Thursday, 10/26/2017 to avoid that class being canceled.