- Even hives with NO noticeable symptoms can be carrying mites.
- Counted 21 mites from this strong hive Aug 31 2017.
- Sugar shake testing is simple and kills no bees.
Luckily caught early b4 lotsa comb built in. Came from Warre hive one door to the west. Spoke with owner and he's open to learning about splitting vs what i had to do here. ; )
Often when doing structural rescues there’s sheets of comb with traces of honey that’s best left on the inner wall surface.
These can be cleaned up my leaving out for nearby bees to feast on. I a weak hive with honey, it’s not uncommon for nearby hives to rob out weak hives in a matter of hours or days, depending on the honey volume stored.
This is what it would look like.
Spring time propolis gathering.
Note no interest in honey, as plentiful nearby flowers to gather nectar / feed growing brood; but strong propolis gathering interest.
More propolis info: http://urbanbeesandgardens.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Benefits-of-propolis-1.pdf