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I am home. This afternoon and tomorrow. I need to pull fall honey and treat for mites, and probably get the bottom board covers in their winter position... But I think I'm going to run a chain saw first, because the bees will come and find me if I do it afterward. Wish me luck. I have worked a lot this year and my bees were pretty much on their own. I've fed about 3 quarts of syrup to each hive since winter. We had good rain, they each had about 35 pounds of honey to spare that I pulled in July, and I gave them a jar of syrup to start off spring, one after I pulled honey and I think one after I changed a bottom board or something.

But I do need to get a mite drop count, so oav is coming and honey comes off first. Fall honey is not going to be great, we did have some Snow on the Prairie, some Cut Leaf Sunflowers, some Goldenrod and Ragweed, but not enough rain for a good harvest. If I get 2 frames for my grandson's allergies I'll be happy. They can keep the rest.
 

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Counting mites on the board only tells you how many mites are on the board.
I'm more worried about how many mites are on my bees! :^)

Mite population can grow explosively in just a few cycles.
 
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