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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    For those that are following up on SMC, on my web page under Holistic Hive Management (see link in this thread earlier) I added the description under Drone Frame Removal and describe when and how I...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Adam, you overlook the fact that a mite in its phoretic state during winter can live on the bee for up to 6 months. However, when you read the report by Anderson and Trueman correctly (and as proven...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    One way to find her is in the early spring, when she is starting to lay more eggs. You would have to find the frames with one day old eggs in the cells. At that time of year there aren't to many....
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    This year the first management in regards to the varroa took place April 23/12. I managed as described in this thread, removing all capped bee brood (as done for the past 5 years) at the exact...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Read from the start and your questions will be answered, else look at the links I posted below again in response to Adam Foster Collins. I can't explain it any better. There is still the management...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Very encouraging work you have done. However Mel Disselkoen's method (OTS, on the spot queen rearing), which seems to give similar results, differs in the following:
    I manage the bees with the first...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Please read what I have posted earlier and again today. Please refer to this management as SMC (sustainable mite control and give credit to Werner Gysi, who has described i on his website as well as...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Please study the scientific description of the mite's life cycle as posted earlier, written by Anderson and Trueman ( http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/varroa_mite.htm#life ) or if you...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Wrong: in the spring the remaining mites that made it through winter are desperate to find bee brood in order to sustain their life cycle and there will be very few that will ride on the bee for any...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    You do not interpret the study from the University of Florida correctly. The mite has a phoretic phase during winter of up to 6 month but once in the reproductive cycle the phoretic phase is only 4...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    ......If you remove capped drone frames to fill two brood boxes (20 frames)....
    I apologize, drone brood mentioned above should read capped bee brood.
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    This is certainly a valid concern. We have done this for over 5 years now and those hives always produced several queen cells and success rate is at 90% or higher. The queen may wait for her mating...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    You must have watched a different movie. There is no formic acid involved in my management. However, I mention ways in my book Harmonic Farming: Bees (but no mention on this in that movie) how to...
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    For those that like to work their apiary in a sustainable, holistic way here is what I did with my bees yesterday, April 10/11. The 5 minute movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY6JhtfPF4w will show...
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    The answer depends on us. Can we lobby as good as Bayer? Lets be clear, if it would be just one chemical it maybe would go down well with the bees. But there is a soup of chemical sprays out there,...
  16. Thread: Oak tree honey?

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    Re: Oak tree honey?

    Would you have a source for the information? The link I posted above analyses the oak honey and all the substances that it contains. It does not mention anything about poisenous ones. My bees would...
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    Re: Oak tree honey?

    I’ve also heard honeydew honey is quite popular in Europe and sells at a premium.

    Thanks fo filling in more about hoenydew. Many beekeepers in Europe extract honey after spring and in the fall....
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    Re: Oak tree honey?

    I just came across your question and have a link to a more scientific report about honeydew that may help you to understand where the honeydew on oak comes from....
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    Re: Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    Sorry, just google Harmonic Farming: Bees or Werner Gysi you will find it, but someone has now linked to it. You are free to print the information but please give credit to the author, if shared.
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    Sustainable Mite Control (SMC)

    I have been using SMC management for several years now as described in Harmonic Farming: Bees and had excellent results. Do not need any medication or treatment, just management.
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    Re: foundationless and wiring the frames?

    I have experience with Hoffman frames. I use them for drone breeding. I put them into the Hoffman hive box, 2., 2. frame in from outside, each side. Brood nest is in bottom box. I do this when the...
  22. Re: Sustainable Mite Control with management only

    It looks like we have a few things in common, sharing our knowledge on paper. It is high time to make sure there is more beekeeper that do not use any chemicals or antibiotics, or get into a...
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    Re: Article: Bees prefer unembossed foundation

    I tried this link but it does not come up with the information. Any help?
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    Re: "Small Cell Fails To Save My Apiary" or

    Thanks for this information. I have used a holistic approach (no chemicals or treatments but management) to beekeeping for 30 years using Langstroth boxes with Hoffman frames and with good results. I...
  25. Sustainable Mite Control with management only

    I like to share chapter 4 of my book Harmonic Farming: Bees, that describes a sustainable mite control (SMC). I manage my bees with it for 5 years now and with great success. Just Google Harmonic...
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