febuary bee peek

Not very much fun last weekend, more colony loss. Total of 6 lost between late fall absconding and freeze out during this rollercoaster winter. Some good news isI have about 20 frames of honey to spread around on pkgs and nucs. Attending nearly every speaking event available and really trying hard to stay proactive. Going to defoliate the ground around hive sites (weed wacker) and treat the dirt with gardstar to eliminate small hive beetle larva, also going to use oxalic acid applied directly to the frames (as opposed to vaporizing) for varroa mite control. These pests must be eradicated or at least aggressively managed. Listening to several keynote speakers and reading accredited articles have brought me to this aggressive proactive methodology. Really hope for an early long spring with a lot of blooms and no late hard freezes.