Re: First Mite Count
Yes, you can buy a special drone-size foundation frame and put it in your top brood deep. Then when there are a lot of capped drone brood, you scrape the tops off, thus killing those drone brood. The bees will drag the dead brood out of the hive, along with the developing mites that are attached to the the dead pupae. Varroa mites tend to prefer breeding in drone cells, so this system helps cut down on mites breeding. Usually there are quite a few drone cells naturally scattered on other frames as well, and I just leave those be. You do need some drones around. But culling a large percent of drone brood on the special drone frame is another way of combating mites without using chemicals.
Originally Posted by Watchdog2020
I have been culling drone brood, using open screen bottoms, but not using sugar dusting. I also sometimes use essential oil grease patties...but that's technically 'using chemicals'.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson