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    Question mite strips

    what are the best mite strips to use you dont have to removean what about the the ones that

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    Default Re: mite strips

    I like Might Away II , like you say you don't have to remove them, you can use during a flow, and it is naturaly ocurring in the hive at lower levels. But you will hear a thousand opinions on this one. The chem free will probably be the first ones, bragging on how they don't use chemicals.
    All beekeepers can agree on one thing, and that one thing is, that all beekeepers can't agree on one thing.

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    Default Re: mite strips

    who do you buy this product from

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    Default Re: mite strips

    I think beehonest meant Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS).
    Check your local bee supply outlet.

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    Default Re: mite strips

    Quote Originally Posted by beehonest View Post
    I like Might Away II , like you say you don't have to remove them, you can use during a flow, and it is naturaly ocurring in the hive at lower levels. But you will hear a thousand opinions on this one. The chem free will probably be the first ones, bragging on how they don't use chemicals.
    no chemicals going on six years 15 out of 16 surviving last winter 7 out of 7 two winters ago

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    Default Re: mite strips

    If you want to treat for mites with supers on, I would recommend Hopguard. I just tried it for the first time, and it was very easy on the bees and is effective. To have the most effect, you need to replace them three weeks in a row.

    I have used Apiguard/Thymol in the past with good results. Two treatments are required, and there are no strips involved.

    IMHO, Mite Away Quick Strips are much harder on the bees. I have a box of that stuff that I would be happy to sell at a discount to sombody who wants to give their bees a bad day against good judgment, although the buyer would need to pay shipping.

    Ideally, you should count mites to see if you need to treat before treating.

    Further ideally, you should use mite-resistant queens.

    If you are truly seeking the ideal, don't treat and breed queens from your survivors, so you won't need to treat at all. Maybe in my next life, I'll be that dude. For now, there's Hopguard.

    Neil

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    Default Re: mite strips

    No treatments here.

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    Default Re: mite strips

    Hopguard may be wonderful - but there are many states that have not (yet) approved its use, and to where it can not be shipped. My understanding is that that it has not been considered under Section 18 emergency use approval for Maine as we already have other products that combat mites with Section 18 approval.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: mite strips

    I don't think Hopguard has been approved in Canada yet.

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