Tonite was pretty simple -- I had to take the roof off, remove the bucket feeder and re-fill it. Those little girls have been sucking down the syrup like crazy! The've gone through a little less than a gallon since Saturday!
While I had the bucket off I covered over the hole with a little hunk of wood -- I ended up pinching a girl a bit -- I'm hoping she makes it! Nobody tried to sting me, though, so I guess I did OK.
The mosquitoes were NUTS though! OMG, I think I lost a pint of blood in about 10 minutes.
I'm still pi**ed about having SHB.... I know how to put in a couple of effective preventative measures, but I don't know what the current "great" way to remove existing beetles is.. Anyone?
Nothing else really happening until this weekend when I open up the hive to inspect. I've ordered some nematodes and intend on spraying the yard -- hopefully that will cut down on the amount of parasitic activity in a natural way that won't affect the girls...