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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Even if I've never seemed to notice this before? The pale color on the sick bees was OBVIOUSLY different than the lighter color of a freshly hatched healthy adult be. I just never saw the lighter,...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    It's an entrance feeder. During their start when they didn't have any comb yet, they were dringing over a quart and half a day.

    It was fresh made the night before. I'm not sure if drizzling is a...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    65-70 High, 50-55 lows. Usually always sunny.
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    I used a 2:1 ratio for the syrup. I have a top bar hive (that is only ~20 bars long, so they WILL be split into a lang this spring WHEN they start to swarm). The cluster is about 3-4 frames in from...
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    9 weeks later: Varroa update

    So I ended up treating my bees with Apivar (if you remember my story, I was down to a few thousand bees and a crap ton of affected brood). I was hesitant, but I did not want to just let them die and...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Well, I wanted to inspect them to see if I can judge their numbers, and if the queen is still laying. I saw them bringing in lots of pollen this morning too. They have definitely filled up a lot of...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Here's an idea. . . The newest 3 combs (two are not quite all the way drawn) seem to have been ignored as they backfilled the brood nest. Would it be beneficial to move them to the front of the hive...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Now, it's not THAT cold here (plus we had a heat wave just come in, so it's been in the 80s and 90s), but they seem to only have 3 or 4 frames of comb at the moment that AREN'T being backfilled with...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    The numbers are way down in the hive right now. 3 weeks of apivar strips, and the mites continue to fall off in droves. Still managing to forage, but at this point, almost ALL of the brood nest has...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I don't' have a screened bottom... wont' that screw up the bees walking on it?

    I wish I could just borrow one from someone to ensure I'm getting them the right amount and stuff. Eventually, I'll...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I just want to make sure I'm doing it right, as I dont' have a "real" 12V vaporizer... Just made one and based usage of the youtube video I saw using a torch and made sure to do "test runs" making...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Absolutely.. the little pinkish/brownish oval things on the backs of the workers in the hive that are, at best 1mm across.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Honestly, at this point, i just want to do what I can to save them. I should have Apivar on the way, and I'm going to keep an eye on them for any signs of the workers' numbers dwindling.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Is it a bad idea to treat with the Apivar while using Oxalic Acid in the meantime?
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    so I finally found oxalic acid and treated them today. . . I still found at least a few live mites running around. . . I was hoping for mass mite destruction. . . Now just waiting for Apivar, but it...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm definitely going to get them pollen patties and keep them on sugar water (They have actually expanded comb in the 5 days that I've started feeding them). Right now, I can get Apistan strips much...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I think I can get OA way faster than anything else. I'd also like to read up and be more comfortable using the apivar, but I don't see why I shouldn't use it. The climate here in the Central Coast...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm sorry. You lost me at 'classic PMS'. Also, that beetle was squished sideways.. Its not that long.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    This is what I drove all over for looking to find, but only ONE place "carried" it, but out of stock. It's Sunday and most places are closed, so I'm going to call all the paint stores in the morning...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm going to fight this as fast and hard as I can. I've gone out and made myself a vaporizer, but I can't seem to find oxalic acid anywhere around here. Most people have just given me a blank stare,...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm so sad.. I did an inspection today, and for the first time I ALSO saw small hive beetles!!!!! Lots of dead brood, larvae, deformed bees, and I've now started seeing mites ON the bees (I'm not...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    They do? :scratch: Well, then, I suppose my depression on my birthday can go away. . . This is probably the ONE area I haven't had to "deal with" yet, so it's also why I'm terribly distraught. . . I...
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    It finally happened... varroa..

    I saw two workers pushed out of the hive with the wings all deformed and stuff... Sure enough.. big fat mite on them. . . Hive is 5 months old, and they are already stressed because of our drought...
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    drought here is NOT making it easy for my girls.
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    could be looking for droplets of water???
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