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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Oklahoma City, OK
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    I have lost both of my hives this winter for some reason. One hive was weak going into the winter so I thought it would die, but the second one was strong last year. I talked to a local beekeeper and he said it was due to the trachea mites. He also told me how to treat them with chemicals. I would prefer to not use chemicals if possible. I know about the screened bottom board and the 4.9 mm cells for verroa mites, but don't know of natural ways for trachea mites.

    Thanks,
    Oscar

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    Oscar try useing natural oils like wintergreen or lemon.
    been useing it for over 5 yrs and it works great.=not mites
    Don

  3. #3
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Lots of places list recipes for or sell the crisco wintergreen patties. Also the FGMO fogging works on them.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Mason, MI, USA
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    Big Grin

    Be careful with Crisco patties as they also seem to attract the Small Hive Beetle
    Clint

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    Clinton Bemrose
    just South of Lansing Michigan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Tucson, Arizona, United States
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    Oscar wrote:
    I would prefer to not use chemicals if possible. I know about the screened bottom board and the 4.9 mm cells for verroa mites, but don't know of natural ways for trachea mites.

    Reply:
    The 4.9mm cells work for both varroa and trachael mites.

    Regards,

    Dee A. Lusby

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
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    Question on the 4.9 mm cells.....I have bought some, but with my bees being dead, didn't have a chance to shake any down. Should I start the new package bees on this or wait until next spring?

    Thanks for the replies.
    Oscar

  7. #7
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    I would definitely start any new package on 4.9mm. It's no different than starting them on regular foundation and you've already done the first shake down (well, the package bee company did). You'll be one step ahead.

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