Graham’s Tips

Oilseed Rape

posted 25 Feb 2010, 15:22 by EBKA Webmaster   [ updated 25 Feb 2010, 15:29 ]

Clean up and repair equipment but do not re-wax frames until February. If done too early the foundation will "flour" which the bees dislike. A large acreage of oilseed rape has been planted, which gives us hope for a good start to 2010 season. Consider using drone-base foundation for the rape crop as partly crystallised honey can be more readily extracted. Make sure the queen excluders are sound though!

Green Woodpeckers

posted 25 Feb 2010, 15:19 by EBKA Webmaster   [ updated 1 Mar 2010, 15:37 ]

If the weather turns frosty and freezes the ground the green woodpecker turns to hives for food and can cause serious damage. If you need to protect, staple an opened fertilizer or bin bag around the hive, or make a ring of wire-netting to surround the hive 6-9 inches away.

Wax Moth

posted 10 Sep 2009, 13:43 by EBKA Webmaster   [ updated 10 Sep 2009, 13:49 ]

Grahame has passed the warning on to keep checking for the greater wax moth. Unchecked hives can be completely devastated by this unwelcome ‘guest’. It forms a dense sticky web where it is impossible to separate the frames if it takes over the only solution is to burn them.

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