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  1. #61
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    day 8: 226 mites.
    die suckas, die!

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    day 9: 265 mites.
    my last count for about 10 - 12 days as i am leaving town now. will resume upon return.

    [size="1"][ August 13, 2006, 02:51 PM: Message edited by: longarm ][/size]

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    So I will change it and just say drones are the largest carriers of varroa between hives. Rather than saying documented, I will do as my father did and just say, "cause I said so". That better? [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    >Drones may carry mites INTO hive but probably carry an equal amount OUT as well.

    Yeah. If mite immigration was primarily due to drifting, you'd expect mite populations in your hives to sort of even out over time, sort of like how the population in a small town remains stable over time- every time a baby is born, a man leaves town...

    I wasn't suggesting that mite immigration doesn't occur, I know it does but unless a dying hive full of mites is being robbed out, I'd expect changes in mite populations due to immigration to be minor. Maybe?
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    Changes in population, yes. I would think the biggest factor there would be the amount of brood present. I do not think you go from 100 mites to 5000 mites in a hive through mite travel.

    What about initial infestation of strong hives that aren't being robbed out, or robbing out? Even if you have a 100% kill and have no mites in a hive that is too strong to allow any robbers in,and find no weak hives to rob, it will still become infested. That is the thing I am crediting the drones with. The mite devastated the bees of NC in a matter of a few years. I do not believe they spread that fast from robbing.

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    >What about initial infestation of strong hives that aren't being robbed out, or robbing out?

    Spontaneous generation iddee, a proven mechanism for establishing life where no life existed before. They come from... the ether [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    >> You don't have to be a pedantic hyper-technical former land surveyor like myself to figure it out [Smile]

    >Yes, you are perfectly correct, in a pedantic,
    hyper-technical way.

    That's me, and Thank You! It is rare these days when I get such acknowledgment [Smile]<<

    >>Spontaneous generation iddee, a proven mechanism for establishing life where no life existed before. They come from... the ether [Smile]<<

    George, you are just tooooo modest. You should really learn to take credit for your magnificent genius.

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    Oh wow, I just experienced deja vu and amnesia at the same time, I feel like I've read this thread before but I forget where...

    >George, you are just tooooo modest.

    Eh? Say what? One can't be too modest, or too humble. Nobody likes a know-it-all that blows their own horn [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    FOUL! Alert the moderators. George just said he does not like almost all beekeepers. I vote to have him banned from the site. How dare he say he does not like beekeepers by saying "Nobody likes a know-it-all that blows their own horn [[Smile]] "

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    Way to go guys! We had 'em going, and George had to go let the cat out of the bag [img]smile.gif[/img]

    >Spontaneous generation . . .

    A perfect description of Varroa [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    >George had to go let the cat out of the bag

    Sigh. I can't say anything right [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    Hello again all. Returned from vacation to a stickyboard absolutely covered in hive debris and an estimated several thousand mites. Too much to sort through (sorry Dave).
    So I put a fresh board on and after 24 hours I have 112 mites on it!!
    Does that seem pretty high after 20 days of Apistan treatment?
    Dan

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    I'd say. Your pretreatment level was like 71. Are you sure apistan is effective? Did you ask your package supplier what he treated the bees with before he gave them to you? You could have resistant mites. Do a pettis test.

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    Was wondering the same Bjornbee about the possibility of the mites being resistant.
    But what is a pettis test?
    Dan

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    Dan, I'll see if I can scan the procedure and post or send it tomorrow. Its alot to type out. Basically its putting some bees in a jar and after the chemical kills the mites, you sugar shake the remaining mites out to see what percentage is being killed by the strips. I know it was typed out previously on beesource in another thread so maybe you could search it out and see what others have said also.

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    Longarm . . .

    Please add up the numbers, 935+397+257+250+136+270+168+266+265+"an estimated several thousand"+112. Does this sound like resistant mites?

    112 is within the realm of "invasion". Lets see MORE counts. Please do them the same way as all others.

    Edited to add:
    We need at least 4 or 5 (or more) consecutive counts.
    thanx.

    [size="1"][ August 26, 2006, 10:53 AM: Message edited by: Dave W ][/size]

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    todays winning number: 127.

    i hate mites.
    i hate counting mites.

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    You can't let us down now. With a steady drop like that, we've got to see what the 42 day count is.

    PS. Just thought I would chime in to say thanks. This is a very educational thread, and I'm sure there are many lurkers enjoying it, too.
    Thanks for doing it.

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    >we've got to see what the 42 day count is.

    These guys probably got a pool going. How can I get in on the action?
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    George, send me your twenty dollars and the number. I've got you covered...

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