Re: Possible Mite Control?
Did they only live in hives? If not, their survival would not be threatened by varroacides. Do they still exist in the feral hives that (i'm told), have been around for years and never been treated? Some areas apparently (i'm told), have thriving feral populations that go back to pre varroa times and have never been treated, and claims are even made of whole bee populations with a different, so called, "feral" breed. If it's all true, these symbiotic mites should be alive and well, we need have no fears.
As few of them ever lived on the bees but just the hive environment, be it chinks in the wall, rubbish at the bottom, or whatever, could any suitable environment house these mites, bees or no bees?
Did they move to new hives by travelling with a swarm? Or did they just invade the new hive from the surrounding area?
Did all hives have them? or was it of no consequence to the hive wether any of these mites moved in, or not? I mean other than the bee louse, that could be a nuisance to the bees if numbers got too high.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 02-20-2013 at 03:18 PM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).