I've been reading some of the mite count posts and I have to admit that most of it is way beyond me. I don't have enough time to figure out how to split the atom. I'm kind of a simple guy and need simple guidelines. I guess what I have taken away from it is that I need to keep checking the drop counts regularly, take into consideration the population changes and brood cycles, and look for any noticable increases in fallen mites relative to the time of year. Does that sound about right?
Anyway, I went out earlier this week, when temps were finally going to go above freezing to near 40 deg, and I slid the trays into the sbb's. My first 24 hour counts were between 25 & 50. I put the trays back in and checked again in three days and there were only a couple more per hive in that amount of time, with warmer temps.
What I'm wondering is... Is it normal for there to be a temporary increase in drop counts after a cluster breaks up ? Why would there be such a high number for one day and then suddenly very few ?
To everything there is a season ....