I live in Darwin Northern Territory. I have had a flow hive set up for 18 months now but still yet to see or harvest honey.
I have small german roaches in my flow hive. We have added the flow super on and there is a lot of roach poo (looks like coffee grounds) in the round tube flow part where the honey flows out from on the super.
he bees are moving in the super more and more each week, although they are not putting any honey in yet.
The bees have been taking interest in the super for a quite long time (3 months) but not putting honey in.
I’m being patient as we have 2 distinct seasons (wet season and dry season) and know that the wet season can be a hard time. But now it is the dry they are coming back loaded with pollen all the time.
If the bees do start adding honey to the flow hive I want to be able to harvest it without it having roach poo all through it.
Really wanting some answers to the following questions?
- Could the small roaches be affecting the bees putting honey in the super?
- How do I get this roach poo out without distressing the bees?
- Could I smoke the hive then vacuum the roach poo out?
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated