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Bee Talk 

Hi Dennis,

Why does the mite count in my hive always go up in the late summer and fall? Darleen

Hello Darleen,

It’s important for everyone to understand that at this time of year, it’s not unusual for the hive mite count to appear higher than normal and to find that the bees are a little more aggressive. The hive population is still high, and the queen has dramatically reduced egg-laying. The available brood level is down and there’s a lull in the available nectar resources.

What does all this mean?

The breeding mites have no place to retreat to because there are fewer sealed brood cells available to them. That means more of them are out in the open (Creating the illusion of a higher mite count.) where the bees are able to pick them off more easily. This would be a great time to perform a powdered sugar treatmen..

Most of us who have had a good honey flow and have removed the honey supers have also found that our hives are more aggressive than usual. The reason for this is because the hive population is between thirtyand fortythousand bees. All of these bees reside in two brood boxes. At this time, there’s not much for the bees to do because there are fewer nectar sources available. It’s like when football season is over and the guys get bored and moody. (Especially if their favorite team lost.)The bees get bored and moody when there’s nothing for them to do as well. Each day, the population begins to decline and when the nectar sources become available again, the hive gets back to normal.

So don't freak-out. Take advantage of the exposed mites in the hive and perform a powdered sugar treatment to lower the mite count which will help the bees out.

Enjoy your bees!



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