- Jul 6, 2010
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No - they need to grow their number with least interference, just a quick inspection early on to make sure they have food and are foraging and maybe eggs/larvae. Then at intervals as thought necessary. My hives are in the garden so quite easy to manage. Probably disagree but I am content I get satisfactory results. Have only ever lost two colonies over winter but that was my fault - unexpected starvation. I have not lost any colonies at any other time, though wasps did their best to decimate one colony about 5 years ago but I saved it - long story and lot of patience that nobody else would contemplate in their right mind.Do you use a spring treatment?
For first time ever I have wax moth larvae crawling around in frames that were out in my high domed nuc earlier to catch a swarm that never came to roost. Now in the freezer at -20C and no overcoat. Very cruel to poor little dears. Not a good year all round actually. Need house roof fixing - coming Tuesday to erect scaffolding, new felt, battens etc. to get waterproof again. Several grand up my shirt.