The bees are having a tough time on the West Coast this autumn. As a result of all the foolish ferals, we are experiencing prolonged and relentless robbing. With robbing, of course, we are also having to deal with heavy re-infestations of mites, along with an increase in deformed wing virus due to the stressful conditions.
Thankfully the bees are bringing in sufficient gorse and catsear to boost the brood coming into winter, although additional varroa treatment has been necessary to ensure healthy brood.
With robbing also comes AFB, and recent reports have picked up an increase in AFB incidence on the west coast. Thorough brood inspections on all hives are definitely on the cards before we all go into hibernation this winter.
- Carla Glass