No, we have started keeping monkeys (although certain people around here resemble them). It’s that time of year again. Ah, I love the smell of APiguard when I go to the water butts in the morning. Of course, we finished our treatment for mites (of the bees, not us) in September, but we are still finding little bits of egg carton in the hive and on the ground.
Egg Carton, You Say?
Well, yes, egg carton although in the past we have used cereal box. Why, you say, are you serving them breakfast with an Apiguard chaser? No, but it does sound like that. What it is is that when I was on my beekeeping course, lo those many moons ago, it was recommended to us that we put the little Apiguard jellies (the kind we buy) on card-type squares because the bees can easily pull the card apart and transport it out of the hive. This method, as opposed to leaving the jelly in its little foil tray which would be quite a challenge for the bees and their meticulous housekeeping. And, as opposed to simply plopping the jelly directly on top of the frame (which quite messy and difficult to achieve as it’s not really a jelly consistency, more like jam). So, breakfast it is, and they graciously do the dishes (in other words, duly dispose of the card).
Controversial, You Say?
I met up with a refreshingly different group of beekeepers from my area back at the beginning of September, few to none of whom seem to believe in APiguard jellies (don’t know how they feel about breakfast). And they are not alone, although I don’t think I have come across anyone who has experienced such an extreme reaction on the part of bees to Apiguard as is depicted in the photo below.
For now, suffice it to say that we were not greeted with a sight similar to the one in the photo after the treatment. And they seemed pretty happy, all things considered this season, when last time we dismantled their homes (which was this past Sunday, which with photos is the subject of the next post).
Maybe they are just that violently opposed to having their photos taken. After all, they are lazy like us. So, maybe they hate having their photos taken, like us, as well.