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  1. #1
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    Default mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    I applied MAQS to a newly split (first year) hive this morning. By the afternoon I am seeing 100-200 bees, newly emerged, not having deformed wings at all, on the ground by the hive, wiggling around - not dead. I am wondering if the formic acid is just too strong and caused the bees to emerge early, or else that the adults are pulling the new bees out and tossing them out. Not sure, but I think I'm not going to use MAQS again - seems to be too potent. Does anyone have similar experience? Just hoping I haven't driven the queen out or killed queen. I removed the MAQS strips just now to be on the safe side.

    Temps are within range: 70s-80s for high temp today.

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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    What is the humidity? How many frames of bees are there in that hive? Is it a double deep or other? Was this a normal two pad dose? Is your entrance full open? What is the mite load? Could you get by with a 70% mite kill with a single pad (half dose) treatment (it might be softer on the bees).

    Some brood mortality is normal. Some adult bee mortality can also happen. The bee kill is usually minimal to the size of the hive and if the queen does shut down laying, will rebound quickly. Search MAQS and read through the threads.

    I'd also read through Randys article linked below.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/an-e...-quick-strips/
    Zone 9b. Second year newb.

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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    The linked article from scientific beekeeping was helpful, if only to be reminded that the mortality may be shocking at first but that in the trials the bees rebounded well. Thanks, Karen

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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    Chems

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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    Quote Originally Posted by burns375 View Post
    Chems
    Mites.
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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    Quote Originally Posted by CLICKBANGBANG View Post
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    Default Re: mortality of newly emerged bees using MAQS

    Chems and Mites

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