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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Plantsville, Ct.

    Default To late to treat for mites in Connecticut????

    First year beek here. We survived Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter dropped a foot of snow on us last week that's almost gone already! Weather supposed to be in the high 60's today but cold nights are sticking around.
    Started with a nuc in May that has been very strong and provided me with 60 lbs of honey. I tested with the powdered sugar and sticky board a few weeks ago and the mite load was very low (3-4 in a 24hr drop) I'm concerned that I should have treated anyway and wonder if it's too late now?!
    (I have the Mite Away Quick strips) They are in to deeps and top box is full and capped except for 1/2 of the outer most frame. I haven't inspected the bottom in awhile since all seemed well. Also they never drew out the frame I put in place of the feeder so that will be an empty frame for this winter I guess.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Southbury, CT

    Default Re: To late to treat for mites in Connecticut????

    I wouldn't treat at this point, but according to the label as long as it is above 50 deg during the day for 7 days of treatment it is still okay to treat.

    It is easier to read the label than ask us for advice... Any off label use we might recommend would be a violation of the law.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Hyattsville, MD

    Default Re: To late to treat for mites in Connecticut????

    You can treat with Oxalic Acid vapor in the cold weather witout even opening the hive. Actually, it is the ideal time to treat with OA as there will be less capped brood. If you know how to sweat joints in copper pipe, then you can build a simple OA vaporizor and heat it with a torch. Should be able to find info on Youtube or here on Beesource.

    Matt M.

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