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    Default Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Hey there, aspiring newbee-keeper here. I've been scouring and absorbing info like crazy before I start my first hive and came across an interesting invention by Karen Wassmer of K&W Apiary. Apparently, she's invented an entrance that has a brush attached to the top that's designed to passively sweep the mites off the bee's backs as they enter the hive. The mites fall into a sticky receiving tray where they die. Her findings can be found here, and she's selling them at her online store.

    I was wondering if any of you have already tried this and had any thoughts?
    Last edited by DewBee; 03-25-2011 at 10:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    I can't find a single reference to K&W Apiary or their device.

    Here's another varroa removal device:

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=wLa...tput=html_text
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    I can't find a single reference to K&W Apiary or their device.
    Do you mean on this site, or in general? I provided the links...sorry for the confusion!

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Sounds like a good idea, but wouldn't a Varroa brush also act like a pollen brush?

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    You asked if anyone had experience with the device... if there is someone, they aren't showering it with praise ... on this forum.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeButler View Post
    Sounds like a good idea, but wouldn't a Varroa brush also act like a pollen brush?
    From my understanding, not quite. Keep in mind, I'm still learning, so I may be wrong here, but pollen is carried on the hind legs. The theory behind the brush is that it is only long enough to go across the bee's back, where the mite usually attaches itself. If the bristles are longer, then yes, you'd probably have to worry about them losing pollen in the process.

    BeeCurious - thanks for the clarification. If no one has tried it, I'll probably give it a go when I'm ready to see what happens. Also, I edited my post to remove 'favorable' as I want any opinion on this, not just good ones. Can't weigh the pros if the cons aren't around.

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Mites will attach themselves anywhere. Bottom, on the back, in some cases on the head, etc. Much better alternatives to that.

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Let us know your results. I never heard of anyone reporting any real-world experience. seems like it would have to be 100% effective to be of much value. It only takes a couple of mites sneaking in to infect a hive.

    The link to the brush doesn't fill me with confidence. (Poor grammar and a presentation that appears to have been made by a child seldom does.)

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Kingfisher, thanks for that tidbit. I had no idea and couldn't find info either way. If mites attach themselves anywhere, then the entrance doesn't sound as effective as I initially thought.

    Waynesgarden - I'm still in the planning/researching stage, so I don't know if I'll actually try it out. With Kingfisher, above, stating mites attach anywhere, I may just scrap that idea entirely.

    I am planning on going as chemical free as possible, so I've been trying to find alternatives to mite control that would supplement PS drops. I thought that this entrance was a good one at first. Glad I brought it up to get more professional/experienced beek opinions on this matter.

    Now...if only I could find an entrance that drops PS on the bees as they come in. Would make that part of my job easier. heh.

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    Your best bet is to get mite-resistant bees rather than rely on gadgets. If this were to work, in a year there will be plenty of testimonials here.

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    Default Re: Anyone try the Varroa Mite Control Entrance?

    That was the route I was intending on going, but I've been debating on whether I should requeen periodically like most do, or if I should just let them requeen themselves. From what I read (and if I understood correctly), if I do the latter, then the hygenic trait, which is recessive, eventually is bred out. So I guess then my option would probably have to lean more heavily towards the requeening periodically. Unless I get into breeding/grafting my own (which I'm still reading up on) - which at this time is putting the cart WAAAAAY before the horse...

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