anybody else see this?
anybody else see this?
Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2014
Since it says mites completely die off at only 110 that explains why the bees in Tucson Arizona at Dee Lusby's apiaries survive treatment free. It might not be small cell after all, it might be the 115 degree temps they get every year. Thanks for teaching me that 110 high temps kill mites but not bee brood!
So how long do I have to bake my hives to get rid of these pesky varoa?
The article says beekeepers manage mites by putting frames in an oven for an hour .
I've never heard of that before. I'm questioning everything in the article .
This would be easy enough to test and verify.
1. Do a mite count on a couple of hives.
2. Place hives in a heated environment at 110 degrees for one hour.
3. Do another mite count, with a followup mite count to see if mites were killed.
4. Compare mite count results.
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.
Learned lots from that article. All beekeepers only run a single brood box and all use queen excluders. Learned our frames are replaced with new ones after 3 or so years. Learned that "mitelets" hatching in the cells "eat all the food so that, when the bees hatch, there’s none left, and they starve." Learned that we bake our frames (presumably with brood?) for an hour in our oven to kill mites.
Funny that someone mentioned Dee Lusby. Right in the very pages of Beesource, there is a series of articles by Dee, one of which talks about temperatures in the hive.
"With an internal ambient temperature of approximately 106 degrees F both bees and brood die without some measures of heat regulation."
I'm not really sure how my bees will be able to regulate the heat without learning to use the controls of my gas oven.
I'm not really so negative about the prospects for this invention. I'm hoping that article was just the result of a writer unfamiliar enough with beekeeping to present the invention so unconvincingly. Perhaps someone with an actual knowledge of beekeeping and the product will present something more informative.
I took a quick look at their web page. I see that the product is expected to be commercially available in the fall of this year.
I see also that they use a positive quote from Marla Spivak about their invention. Someone should warn her that SNL is going to accuse her of of actively "promoting" the product simply for saying something positive about it.
Hopefully, some positive results will come from this. We can use all the help we can get and plugging in a single frame will be less work than a series of OA applications.
Might work. "Mitenot."
Last edited by waynesgarden; 05-18-2015 at 07:45 PM.
>Since it says mites completely die off at only 110 that explains why the bees in Tucson Arizona at Dee Lusby's apiaries survive treatment free.
Actually since the bees keep the brood nest 93 F no matter how hot it gets outside, it explains nothing about Dee Lusby's bees... Humidity is much more likely to be a factor than temperature. Humidity varies as the bees use it to cool the hive. You start with dry air but it gets pretty high humidity if the bees have to cool the air... So it's harder to predict on a given day what the humidity in a brood nest would be. The temperature is pretty predictable.
"People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney
Is there much honeybee activity in the Arizona desert when temps reach 110° other than maybe water gatherers?