I copied this from Joe Traynors may 2008 newsletter.
Date of Mite Treatment Frames of bees in December*
*from August 2005, ABJ, p.631. Assume 2,000 bees per frame
The August 15 treatment will be more effective if mite levels are kept down in the summer. And unless you’re using a residual material, or your colonies are broodless, you will have to re-treat at 10-day intervals to get the mites sealed in the brood cells (for every mite in the open, there may be 10 inside cells).
Here is my question: How can we treat for mites and put pollen patties on August 15th?
Option one: treat for mites 1st and feed pollen patties 2nd.
Option 2: treat for mites and feed pollen patties.
Option 3: ??????
Comments are most needed!
Ernie Lucas Apiaries.
Since we started using Drone comb cutouts our mite problems have gone way down. Pretty effective way to stay ahead of um.
I presume that a drone comb cut out is where you put a frame or a few frames of drone comb in the hive and pull them out when capped, periodically to freeze?
Sounds like a lot of work to me...not to say that that's good or bad, just an observation.
Itegrated pest management:
Drone comb is one option. But, perhaps not on a commercial scale.
I am posting about meeting a 2009 almond pollination contract.
The data that Joe Traynor had in his newsletter pointed out the timing of mite treatment and the frame count.
If you treat after 8/15 you can drop frame counts rapidly.
So, the bees get their mite treatment 1st and the pollen patties 2nd.
Or, as some people are doing they are incorporating essential oils into their pollen patties.
Or, the bees get pollen patties and mite treatment at the same time.
Ernie Lucas Apiaries
Well worth repeating
There it is: By Oct. 1 it's too late to catch up.
Thanks for posting that Ernie!
I don't think I'll need to feed patties this year but before I always treated first then put on patties as they are both placed between the 2 hive bodies. After the bees started feeding subsequent treatments were put off to one side of the patty, as much in the nest as possible.
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