Smokin the bees to calm them down.
Taking a frame out for inspection.
A high keeper:bee ratio :)
Looking for open brood to get young bees
Working on two overwintered colonies.
Shaking bees on a frame (with open brood, preferably) into a pan.
Scrooping bees using a half cup (~300 bees).
Transfer bees into a Mason jar.
Adding powered sugar through the screen.
Tapping on the sugars to get them inside the Mason jar.
Shake it up..Mites will fall through the screen.
Varroa destructor that fell through the screen on bees. This colony had about 200 mites per jar. Time to treat!
Counting the total number of mites on the white paper.
Returning the sugar dusted bees back to the colony.
A closeup of "sweet" bees that are covered with powdered sugar. They will survive fine, contrary to bees washed by soapy water or alcohol.
Putting coumapos (Checkmite+) strip into a hive. Notice that plastic bag covering the glove so that the bee gloves are not contaminated.
Coumaphos strips in the brood chamber.
A bald faced hornet nest inside an empty super. Trying to get some photos and I got stung (1st time by this bug!) on my left hand. Swollen and sore for 3 days. I would rather take 10 honey bees stings...
My left hand about 2 min after being stung. A bit swollen already.