Yesterday, I inspected my hives and I am glad to say, "The moth problem has been solved" - "For now anyway." The hive that has been infested with moths had absolutely no signs of the home wreckers. The hive still only has three frames of bees but they seemed healthy. However, my hives had not grown as quickly as I had expected. So it's time to feed them.
The US Department of Agriculture's June 19, 2015 Report states:
So it seems that my hives are not the only ones seeing slow growth. For that reason, I began feeding my bees sugar water last week. From what I read it is always best to allow the bees to gather nectar naturally and I agree. Yet, with all the rain, is seems the bees just aren't gathering enough food.
My hives are surrounded by woods, wetlands, and soybean fields. I visited MSU Cares' website and found a great list of pollen and nectar sources and when they bloom. On that site I found that Soybeans will begin producing a large amount of nectar and pollen from July 1 - August 31. So I am hoping that the sugar water I feed them now will help boost their numbers for the upcoming months to nectar flow.
|Dead Bees in Feeder|
Now here is where I can lay some knowledge on you. When I first started beekeeping I bought Pro Feeders from Mann Lake LTD. Back then the feeder was just an open trough that was designed perfectly as a bee death trap. Of course, no one told me, BEES CAN'T SWIM!!!
Another feeder option is to use Mason Jars. There are two ways you can use the jar: