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  1. #1
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    Default Possible Mite Control?

    Has anyone got any information on this? Some Canadian beekeepers are claiming varroa mite control using it.

    http://www.appliedbio-nomics.com/pro...stratiolaelaps

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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    Fascinating
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    News to me. Seems like there was some other type of biological control a number of years ago that apparently never panned out but I am struggling to remember the specifics. I would guess one of the issues is that bees just don't tolerate intruders of any kind in the hive.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    The biocontrol agent from a few years ago was a fungus... Metarhizium anisopliae. I have wondered about predatory mites before as they can be effective in horticultural settings. The question is would Stratiolaelaps live and reproduce in a hive? It is a very specific environment to be adapted to and does not appear to fit into its natural life cycle. I could be wrong and maybe they are very adaptable.

    What are the sources of these reports from beekeepers?
    Last edited by JBJ; 02-20-2013 at 07:19 AM. Reason: puctuation
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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    Any idea what the application protocol would be???

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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcharlie View Post
    Any idea what the application protocol would be???
    Just a WAG on my part. I don't think they would stay in the hive so if broodless then dump them in and done, if not broodless would prob need to dump them in every week for 3 weeks. Again just a wild ***** guess.

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    Default Re: Possible Mite Control?

    If it does help, we would have killed them off years ago with the acaracides... there were 30 some mites that used to live in harmony on bees before we started treating for Varroa.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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