I went to the bee yard and checked on my hives today. I have four hives, each in double deeps. Of the 4, 2 are booming, one is moderate, and the other only fair as it was a late season split. I noticed when cleaning off the white board beneath the weakest hive that there were a significant number of mites...maybe 50 or 60 in all. none of the others had any mites that I noticed. I treated all the hives with Apiguard in the late summer/ early fall, but this one seems to have a problem.
I have been considering using the MiteAway strips I have, as the temps have been in the 50's during the day (dropping to the 30's at night).
Should I treat this early? Should I treat ALL the hives to make sure I have a relatively low mite count going into build-up? SHould I use the miteaway strips (wonder if they cause a significant amount of die-off that would weaken the hives too much)...or should I wait until the temps are a little higher?
Would really appreciate some advice or insight here...