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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005
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    Columbus, Indiana
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    I am new to the forum so please forgive me if this has already been brought up. I have tried to find info on the subject but could not.

    To my knowledge all of the discussion about mites has been about tx after you get them. Question #1 is
    Do they live in the ground or elsewhere?
    Where are the bees picking up the mites?
    Can we not treat the source rather than
    waiting till the bees are infested?

    One of the reasons the mites become resistant
    is because we do not kill 100% of the mites
    in each hive thus leaving the strong ones
    to reproduce. That is why we have such a
    problem with antibiotics at this time.

    If we could kill them with stronger mitecides
    when they are at the source rather than on the
    bees we would be much more effective.

    I am not suggesting we spray the flowers or any
    other food source. But if they are in the ground
    that might be a perfect opportunity.

    Your thoughts. thanks, jon

  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
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    Bismarck, ND USA
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    Jon, I assume you are talking about Varroa mites. They only live on and are found on bees & brood, so there is no "source" to eliminate them. They are transmitted only by other bees (drifting & robbing).
    Gregg Stewart

  3. #3
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    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
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    Same thing for tracheal mites.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2004
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    Totnes, Devon, England
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    Someone here has suggested that wasps may be carriers of varroa, since we see them flying in and out of hives quite frequently. Anybody know if this has been looked at?
    The Barefoot Beekeeper http://www.biobees.com

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