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  1. #1
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    Default first time varroa treatment?

    im getting ready for my first fall and winter an a beehaver. I hope to be a beekeeper. I have some Apilife VAR here but after reading im not sure i want to use it. What are your suggestions and is there a better product on the market i should order?

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    Default Re: first time varroa treatment?

    Have you done any testing on your hive to see if it has a high mite level?

    Many people consider it not good practice to treat for pests and diseases automatically, without knowing if there is a real need for it. Doing that tends to produce stronger more resistant mites, and that's bad for everyone.

    If you plan to use medications or miticides on your bees it would be ideal to find out whether or not they need it first. Testing and monitoring your bees for pests and diseases is part of good beekeeping too. Good luck!
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: first time varroa treatment?

    doing it now...i slid in my bottom boards with paper towels soaked in canola oil to catch mites...will know tomorrow

    it is okay to do the fumagilin b for safety?

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    Default Re: first time varroa treatment?

    fumagilin b is for nosema, not mites.

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    Default Re: first time varroa treatment?

    yes i know..

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