December Beekeeping Activity

December actually usually has quite a lot of fair weather here in the South.  Watch the weather predictions and plan to do a varroa mite treatment on one of those fair weather days.  You can do this last treatment any time after brood is no longer present in the hives – usually by Thanksgiving.  Oxalic acid – either vapor or trickle – can be done almost any time regardless of the temp.  MAQS requires a day warm enough for the bees to fan – preferably 2-3 in a row.  OA vapor doesn’t even require opening the hive.

If you plan to do Mt Camp sugar as an insurance action after you do your mite treatment is the ideal time.