I'm a fairly new beekeeper - this is my third season keeping bees and I have had an issue all three years that I was hoping someone could help clear up for me...
My beekeeping book says that I should never be treating for mites when I have supers on the hive intended for human consumption...at the same time, I don't want to wait TOO long to treat them for mites. I pulled my supers last weekend and about half the frames were either partially or fully uncapped nectar. So I end up picking through frames, looking for capped ones to harvest. Then I put the mite medication on the hive with all the rest of the uncapped frames in the super still.
Am I harvesting too early? Am I treating for mites too early? Is the advice of not treating the hives while having honey in the supers for human consumption bad advice? Is this a common issue, or am I the only one experiencing this?
If anyone has advice on this, I'd much appreciate it.