Dear fellow flowhivers,
I’m devastated… about six weeks ago, I noticed diminished activity in my hive. I did a full inspection, I had eggs, larva, capped brood, pollen, nectar. I looked for and found the queen. Because of the ongoing dearth in Southwest Florida, I took the super off and started feeding sugar syrup. I did weekly inspections colony seemed stabilized. About three weeks ago, I noticed small larva on the bottom board and thought they may be hive beetles. I looked for and didn’t find adult beetles, but installed traps just to be sure. This past Sunday I did another inspection and unfortunately found that 75% to 80% of my girls wer gone and all but one frame had wax moths infestation. I’ve taken the worst frames (2) out of the hive and placed them in the freezer. For the rest, I scraped off the infestation and placed them back in the hive.
My question is this, would anyone recommend adding a nuc or a new bee package at this time, or should just wait and restart the hive as soon as summer is over.
I’d appreciate any advice you could share.
Thanks in advance,