The varroa mite population in my hive in California has recently exploded. Three weeks ago my bottom tray had 2 or 3 mites, and now it seems to have hundreds. I want to treat the hive for mites asap using Apiguard, but I’ve never used it before.
I don’t have a Flow Super on my hive right now.
I have a medium non-flow super on my hive that I don’t plan to ever harvest from.
I’m in the middle of a heat wave around 100 degrees that will last several days.
I’ve heard that people typically treat their hives in Spring and Fall. Can I treat my hive in the middle of summer heat? Where exactly do I put the Apiguard disk? I was thinking beneath the medium super, but above the brood chamber… But should I put it above or below the queen excluder? Where is there the most space?
This is my first time encountering a large varroa mite issue. It has me very worried. Is immediate action crucial?
I’ve included a photo of a small section of the bottom tray - there is just as many mites in the other sections of it. Many of them are alive.
Thank you for any and all advice!