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  1. #1
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    Default What now?

    Well riddle me this, I just did a sugar roll and found I have a terrible mite infestation in my overwintered hives. I know I should have found this out a monthy ago, but I didn't. They are doubles and pretty well stuffed with honey. About four frames with sizeable amount of sealed brood and a frame or two uncapped and winding down for the season fast. I need to knock the mite load down now and don't think I should wait til they are broodless to drizzle Oxalic. I am leaning toward Apistan or Api life var. I have been experimenting with various controls that don't seem to have done the job. The bees have been on 4.9 mm frames since I got them as nucs April 2011. I have sacrificed drone brood frames. They had a brood break where I took a nuc from them last spring and made them raise a new queen. Last spring I fed Oil of Thyme and Oregano for a brood cycle with Lemon grass oil to speed their taking it while raising brood. Must have just been a fine year for mites. What now?

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    I saw My first mite on a bee earlier this year, not in the hive, but outside, they would not let her in the hive, then I saw her scratching her back, I thought the bees at the entrance where trying to kill her. When I saw one throw the mite off I was impressed by the behavior. Tried to find the mite that was thrown off, but it was flung so quick I could not see wher it went. I believe that there is just a natural behavior in the correct genectics of Feral bee that has allowed them to exterminate this intrusion. I might be wrong, but how else do they survive in the wild with out being treated.

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    Default Re: What now?

    if they are strong colonies you have a few choices. quickstrips would still work with our daytime highs, theres the weird off label stuff the comm guys use that would kill all the mites not in the cells, hopguard would do that as well. i just finished 2 treatments with hopguard last week. i see the comm guys here have their top boxes off set a little which i think means they are still treating with formic. also its a small step but when i put on tylan or terramiacin i use a flower sifter and cover the bees pretty well. i don't consider it a treatment but it isn't hurting.i order hopguard to a friends in idaho which he repackages and sends to me. are the colonies packed with bees? good luck, justin

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    Default Re: What now?

    Oxalic acid on the top bars would do the trick.

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    Methodology please---theoretically of course.
    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Oxalic acid on the top bars would do the trick.

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    Default Re: What now?

    requeen.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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