Re: Varroa mite count query
Here’s a hypothetical situation. You have two hives. For the sake of argument, let’s say your treatment threshold is 60 mites in 24 hours. You conduct a drop test on both hives and get 58 each. So you don’t treat…..but what you haven’t considered is that one hive has 40,000 bees and has been going gangbusters and making brood all season. The second hive swarmed a couple of weeks ago, only has 20,000 bees and has had a break in brood production. Does the drop test make a fair comparison? Should you be treating hive #2, as the implied infestation is actually twice as high (per bee) as hive #1? Food for thought.
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