Have had a useful reminder e-mail from Andy Pedley at the Ealing Beekeepers Association, as me and Emma inspected early on Saturday and missed the usual 2pm meeting up…
“The date for starting the Apiguard treatment this year is Saturday 6th August. It is mandatory on Association apiary sites at Stockdove Way, Perivale Wood and the Brentham Allotments. Apiguard is available at the hut at a favourable price to members.
We strongly recommended that all members follow the procedure for all of their colonies no matter where they are. It is worth running a pre-treatment check to get an idea of existing mite levels before starting.
Further details on how to carry out the treatment can be found on the Vita-Europe web site. Link
Remember that you should remove supers that you intend to extract before applying the Apiguard because the pungent aroma will taint the honey.
Mesh floors should be closed using the monitoring board to contain the vapour within the brood box.”
Emma is in charge of the Ealing Association website and has done a nice round up of news stories about bees this week: http://www.ealingbeekeepers.org.uk/page2.htm.