Re: When should i check for mites?
In our club it is suggested to check in the spring and fall. Partially because treatment at the time had to do with you should not treat with the older stuff when honey supers are on. That may be changing with the addition of available treatments that allow for treatment with supers on (I'm waiting and seeing on that one).
I'd think fall would give a better count because of the reduced brood in the winter and early spring (I run Italians). Have not treated in 2 years. (fingers crossed, knock on wood)
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