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    Re: flowers for bees

    Don't forget the Anise Hyssop or the hybrid Agastache Blue Fortune. Blooms late summer into fall. In our area it's covered with bees and flower over 2 or more months nonstop. It's about as attractive...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I tired the newspaper route and it definitely didn't work. George Scott recommends sprinkling right on the top bars and cluster. The trial was done late in the season and with biologicals timing is...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

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    They are generalist predators and seem to feed on many different food sources. I would imagine that other mites and small insect in the hive would be food sources. This in itself could be...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I don’t think anyone knows. That’s why good research is need. I do know that in the commercial use, controlling reptile mites, chicken lice, black vine weevil and in greenhouse horticulture, they...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    That doesn't seem to be a high mite count for September. As you have brood rearing through most of the year there is the possibility that they could continue to reproduce. George Scott found from his...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    The hive is full of insects, mites, bees, beetles and more. I doubt there would be any contamination issues. The question is, is there an efficacy in using them. As I mention earlier in this thread I...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I tried them this past season with mixed results. George Scott of SRI in Canada has worked with them and seems to have had good results.( He’s mentioned above.) As with all biocontrol organisms...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Best to use them as soon as you get them although if we are pressed for time we keep them in the refrigerator over night and then get them out the next morning. One question I have is what’s the...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    We use Strateolaelaps aka Hypoaspis and other predatory mites in greenhouse horticulture. Using biocontrols has reduced our pesticide application by 80%. We buy Stratiolaelaps in 1 liter canisters,...
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    Re: Treatment-Free Beekeeping without Small Cell

    This is exactly what I have done with my bees, it is what Purvis did, it is what Kefuss did.

    I think Dee went through the same as well as Kirk Webster. They stopped treating and what didn't die...
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    Re: Infra-red polyethyene sheets

    I'm in the greenhouse business and we use thousands of sq/ft of infra-red poly. We remove it after a few years and dispose of it even though it still would have enough integrity to wrap hives. If you...
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