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John the BeeMan's Blog - end Mar 2014 - Cleaning equipment

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Thereís a very good article by Ian Homer on page 121 on varroa control used in conjunction with artificial swarming.   I talked about this during my discussion group on swarming.   The same system applies to 'shook swarms' which is described on our website information sheet: Shook Swarm Technique.


Cleaning Equipment for Cemetery Bees

The weather forecast last week was too promising when I set about changing the floors and brood boxes with cleaned up ones.   So I did it as quickly as possible when the temperature had only reached 14 C.   I made very brief inspections as I transferred the frames and found that the brood nests were expanding in most of the colonies, compared with a fortnight ago.   There were small patches of drone brood in some colonies.   I was able to replace about 3 brood frames per hive with new foundation.   The whole job took me 4 satisfying hours, having cleaned all the boxes, crown boards, floors and dummy frames.

Clean equipment ready for use
'5 hives done with dirty boxes and frames ready for clear-up
Clean equipment ready for use
5 hives done with dirty boxes and frames ready for clear-up

My Murphy Bees, Equipment

(my apiary site is in the grounds of the building contractor, J. Murphy & Sons)

I've only just got round to cleaning this equipment, mainly supers and queen excluders.   Here is my Murphy accommodation above their car wash:

Store with lifts, supers and boxes of honey jars
Extracting room with extractor, sink & shelves
Store with lifts, supers and boxes of honey jars
Extracting room with extractor, sink & shelves

Iím really lucky, especially having a dedicated room for honey processing.

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When cleaning the supers there was one with extensive wax moth.   So I have treated the whole stack of supers with 85% Acetic acid.

Evidence of wax moth
acetic acid on lint pad on plastic in eke
Evidence of wax moth
Acetic acid on lint pad on plastic in eke

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Flowers for the Bees to look out for!

Flowering cherry and plums generally, including Blackthorn
Berbris
Flowering cherry and plums generally, including Blackthorn
Berbris

This is the season when there are many good bee flowers, mahonia, hazel, sycamore and chestnut will soon provide the nectar and pollen + plenty of others.


Future Report will include:

I'm really looking forward to warmer days when the colonies can work hard and I can check them out thoroughly and make sure that they are disease free.


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