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  1. #1
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    Default Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    Hi I'm looking for advice to treat varroa mites. I have two hives started from two swarms from this year. I did a sugar shake and got 12 mites out of one and 28 out of the other per half cup of bees/300. I bought some apivar but I am having second thoughts because treatment is long and then it says wait 14 days after removing to place honey supers on which equates to 56 days. I'm in florida and the nectar flow should be in those next two months. Some other methods seem to be less successful but can be used with honey supers on. Does anyone have any good advice? thanks

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    MAQS II. Use during the cooler end of recommendation and add some ventilation by putting a popsickle stick or similar spacer between your boxes. Remove the pads after the seven day treatment period even though you don't have to. These are the tips I gleaned that prevent the problems of brood kill and queen loss associated with the product. It is Formic Acid and accepted as okay to use with supers on.

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Motj3 View Post
    MAQS II. Use during the cooler end of recommendation and add some ventilation by putting a popsickle stick or similar spacer between your boxes. Remove the pads after the seven day treatment period even though you don't have to. These are the tips I gleaned that prevent the problems of brood kill and queen loss associated with the product. It is Formic Acid and accepted as okay to use with supers on.
    What he said.
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    Is there something you could use to just "knock them back" to get through the flow and treat again during summer dearth? If you have one and if they need it.

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    It sounds like the single strip application of MAQS is just what is called for. With numbers like that, I'd take the risk of queen problems which would be minimized by ventilation, mild temperatures and the half dose. When I used it, the mite drop was unreal(~1500/1st 24 hrs).
    DISCLAIMER- When I used it I did indeed experience egg-laying delay and supercedure but it was applied during a heat wave in hives that were shut up tight.
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    I would stay away from MAQS unless you have queen cells or extra queens on hand. The "Flash" treatment will be quick and easy but its a risk.

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    Try vaporizing them. I build them for 80.00 dollars. Safe on Bees Honey And Brood.

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    Default Re: Varroa mite spring treatment w/ honey

    I have found Apiguard to be reliable only in the upper temperature ranges of the label.

    Dave

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