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  1. #1
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    Default Do varra mites over winter in the north?

    So if theres no brood in a hive over winter and alot of winter bees die out by the time the queen starts to lay again is there any varro left? If so how do they stay alive?
    Nice day here in NORTHEN PA. might have go and see how my strong hives are brooden up
    Thank you.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Do varra mites over winter in the north?

    Yes, they stay alive just like the bees do by being part of the cluster. What they can't do is breed. Same is true for SHB.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Do varra mites over winter in the north?

    Something to keep in mind is not only do they stay alive, as bees die, the mites on them look for a new host resulting in a higher mite count per bee in the hive.
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    Ralph

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