May be a little dramatic of a title but dealing with bees can be depressing. Today I went into the hives for the first time since I put the queens in.

Primarily I was going to treat the hives for hive beetles. There are several ways to treat them but none of the ways work well. One of the ways is by putting beetle traps in the hive, the trap has a screen on top and oil in the bottom, the bees can’t get in but the beetles do. The oil clogs the holes on their body they breathe through and then they die.

There are also trays at the bottom of the hive that oil can be put in as well, when the beetles fall they may go in the oil for the same reason.

I tried to accelerate the removal of the beetles by doing a treatment for mites. The treatment works and is organic but needs to be done often.

The treatment involves using powdered sugar. The trick is you have to make the powdered sugar, premade powdered sugar has anti clumping agents in it the bees can’t digest.

Regular cane sugar needs to be pulverized in a blender. Do relatively small quantities at a time as it works better.

Before and after the blender.

The sugar then gets spread on top and swept into the hive covering the bees and aggravating them. Aggravated bees chase the hive beetles more and hopefully drive them to the oil. The bees generally groom themselves of the powdered sugar and remove mites as well.

Sadly I really didn’t see any larva, one of the queens I put in the hive never got out.

There is candy on the ends the bees are supposed to eat to free the queen but they never got through it so she died inside.

Now all I can do is wait and find out if I have anything left.

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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