http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D55dUQ6kIWA
The video for today's episode show how and why I apply Mite Away II strips to control Varroa mites in Honey Bee Hive B. Varroa mites are the number one honey bee killer on earth. This is the first of a three part series that will document the placing of the strips and observations of their affects. The colony has come out of the long winter fairly strong and I got it completely ready for spring this past Sunday. It's a good thing to observe since I lost Hive A in November of 2012. That loss was due to the Varroa destructor and I have been vigilant since watching for this creature and monitoring the damage it is capable of of. Because the winter was long and cold I was not always able to have a clear picture of what was going on with any possible Varroa infestation. I assumed they were keeping a low profile until spring. Well spring really spring on is here in northern Virginia. Last week the temperatures were in the 30's and then this week they boosted up to the high 80's. Along with the temps came the daffodils, tulip[s and dandelions all at once and I knew the bees would be active immediately. I also knew the Varroa destructor would be just as active.

The video depicts my taking apart the hive and shows how to use Mite Away II for Varroa Mite Control. It is imperative that I use a mask to protect myself from the fumes which are toxic. I should have used different gloves as I didn't anticipate how gooey the strips were but I will next time. The strips need to be in place for seven days and I removed the top hive feeder for this duration as well as any remaining pollen and grease patties. Stay tuned for for the follow up episodes to this one. That's it for today now go and do something useful to keep Varroa mites in check. Go to http://todolisthome.com for more on the problems and solutions I experience with honey bees. Tony Teolis