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  1. #1
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    Question Black specks on inspection tray

    There was these black specks on the inspection tray when I pulled it out. What are they? We have so much to learn and you guys are so helpful.

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    Were the "specks" moving? Can you post a pic?

    JT

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    No pics and they weren't moving.

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    Did you have old drawn foundation in the hive?
    T.G.
    When I grow up, I want to be like John K.......

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    Default No pics

    Didn't think to take pics and they weren't moving.

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    Could be varroa or as TG suggests, old black comb.

    JT

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    Default Black specks

    Yes, there is some old black comb. Thinking about treating for the varroa mite to be on the safe side.

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    I would strongly recommend using Randy Oliver's powdered sugar shake method along with drone trapping as described here:

    http://www.scientificbeekeeping.com/...d=31&Itemid=40

    JT

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    If they are tubular and black, they are probably moth feces. If they are more purplish brown and flat, they are probably Varroa mites...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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