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  1. #1
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    Default How does one "get" mites?

    I am treatment free because I have never seen anything that would require treating. I have tested for mites and always come up with nothing. I assume this is because all the bees I have gotten have either come in package boxes or in queen cages. Also, that I have always used new boxes, frames, and foundation.

    So, how does one get mites? Used equipment? Nucs? Drifting? Catching swarms?
    If you think anything organic is good for you, go drink some organic solvents.
    geek, learning how to be a beek

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    My packages always came with plenty.

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    From other bees. Not from equipment. Possibly from drifting drones.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    Seyc how long have you had bees?

    If you''ve only had them a few months, and you want to see mites, just give it some more time.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    You get mites by keeping bees (their hosts). If you have mites, you are pretty much guaranteed that they have mites if you live outside of Australia. Suggest you ask someone to show them to you or maybe time to get a vision check.

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerCrum View Post
    You get mites by keeping bees (their hosts). If you have mites, you are pretty much guaranteed that they have mites if you live outside of Australia. Suggest you ask someone to show them to you or maybe time to get a vision check.
    I know what they look like. I have seen them in other hives. I have not seen any in mine. As for the vision check, I find it easier to see the eggs at the bottom of the cells with my glasses off rather than on. Just because you are a human, I am not going to assume that you have pin worms, hook worms, or shistosomes, just because humans are their primary host.
    If you think anything organic is good for you, go drink some organic solvents.
    geek, learning how to be a beek

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    I have some mites. I guess they either came with my starting package of bees this spring or jumped on in the field. I saw a mite on a bee at my bee water fountain. They could have got on there from another bee too. That is one of the reasons a lot of people discourage open feeding. I tried it once and quickly learned my lesson. (Pest sharing, bee brawling, and opens door to robbing.)

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    Default Re: How does one "get" mites?

    I'm starting my third year as a beekeeper, and chemical free. In year 1, I didn't see mites. Started foundationless and I think the life cycle curves just make the first year a pass year in a lot of ways. The mite population can't bloom until the bees establish, blah blah. Year 2 though - yeah, had 'em. Have 'em. Hoping to keep the levels low.

    I bought Freeman oil traps. It's technically for small hive beetle (and quite effective) but also gives you a good sense of mite loads, since they fall in and drown too, and you can pull it out and take a look. I dust with powdered sugar which seems to help. We'll see. I'm pretty happy to have gotten the bees into year 3. Hopefully it's a good run I can help keep going.

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