Sad news today the weak hive “Mokoroa” has succumb to varroa mites.
We used “Api Life Var” on the hive, but I suspect we treated too late to save them. We inspected them over the weekend and found the queen and dozens of other bees dead on the landing board. So now our bee garden is silent with no bees at all 🙁
We have learnt some things:-
- Living in the Waitakere ranges has its pitfalls with the increased rain fall. We need to locate a more sunny spot for the bees. The location we had been great in summer, but terrible over winter. You need to pick your spot that is good for all seasons.
- We think hives should be placed on stands at least twelve inches high. This would reduce the splash up we get from the ground.
- We need to treat the hives to Keep the number of varroa mites down, when you start seeing deformed wings on your bees the battle may be over.
We are both very upset with this loss, experienced bee keepers have told us that this is part of the bee-keeping. But it doesn't make it any less gutting.