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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Bedford Ky. usa

    Smile mites

    H ow often should I suger dust to maintain mite control and using a white bottom board with cooking spray what would be considered a high mite count?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Taylor County, Georgia, USA

    Default Re: mites

    That's the guide I use to know whether or not to treat. As for details on sugar dusting, I don't know.
    Try it. What could happen?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Wausau, WI, USA

    Default Re: mites

    Quote Originally Posted by jjimgee View Post
    H ow often should I suger dust to maintain mite control:
    If you're going to try and rely on powdered sugar dusting to control Varroa mite will will need to dust them every 7 days at the minimum. Do you realise that dusting only knocks off about 30-40% of the phoretic mites (mites not under the cap)? It does nothing for the mites that are under the cap reproducing. If you have very low mite count numbers, and if you you dust every 7 days, you will only succeed in holding the current mite count. You never really reduce the mite load using dusting.

    Head on over to Randy Oliver's site for an interesting an informative article on dusting. Here's a link to chapter 1 of the article. There are 2 additional chapters to the articles. Good luck on your mite control if you decide to use it.

    Honey Luv Farm

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Concord, CA

    Default Re: mites

    Dusting once a week will not lower mite numbers according to Randy, so it can't be used as you're only form of mite control. You would also need open screen bottom boards, & drone comb removal. IPM
    You can count mites when dusting a hive by inserting a dry white board before dusting, remove it 20 minutes later & see how many mites are on it. At this time of year if I saw 75 where I live I would get a little more aggressive in controlling the mites.

    Mite thresholds very by time of year, & the climate you live in.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Fairfax, Virginia

    Default Re: mites

    Last month I used Formic acid and tracked how the process went with these three episodes. D It's mites and yes using thymol or formic acid will kill off many bees the others will be better for it.


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