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  1. #1
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    Default How long does it take Varroa Mite to exit a dead-out

    Not having Varroa in this country, I have been wondering how long it takes for Varroa to exit a colony that eventually dies out. Do you have to fumigate the hive in someway or do anything with it before you restock it?
    Do you have hives in America that never get treated with chemicals for mite control that continue to survive year after year?

    Gary

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    Default Re: How long does it take Varroa Mite to exit a dead-out

    Bees are dead? No mites. That simple.

    Apparently some do.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: How long does it take Varroa Mite to exit a dead-out

    Mites die with the bees.

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    Default Re: How long does it take Varroa Mite to exit a dead-out

    Quote Originally Posted by Kidbeeyoz View Post
    Do you have to fumigate the hive in someway or do anything with it before you restock it?
    No.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kidbeeyoz View Post
    Do you have hives in America that never get treated with chemicals for mite control that continue to survive year after year?
    Yes, some of us do. I have one hive that is now over ten years old, continually occupied by the same family of bees, naturally superseded.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: How long does it take Varroa Mite to exit a dead-out

    I have several hives at the three to four year mark and going strong. Same bees. No mite problems to speak of. Feral survivors - good strong bees. Most of the wild bees in my area died out or adapted to mites I can only assume.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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