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  1. #1
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    Exclamation MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Hello everyone! I decided to use MAQS strips for my varroa treatment this year, and I know it says it needs to be less than 92 degrees each day to use that product. Well, where I am located in VA, it's been getting to around 70-80 or so during the day, and maybe 50's at night.

    I went ahead and put the 2 required strips in each of our 3 hives yesterday. They of course were NOT happy, I always hate having to medicate, but since I have seen a few with deformed wings, I know it could be a problem. So, I put the strips in, felt really bad about it. I know with the fumes it should cause them to cluster some on the front.

    2 of the hives have screened bottom boards, one does not. It's like 57 out there right now. To me, that is chilly. Looking from my deck, I don't see much activity going on down there. Hardly any at all. I know they are inside because it hasn't warmed up yet.

    Do you all think them being forced to be inside their hives because of the cold, can hurt them since the strips are in there and just a day old??? I am worried they are having to stay inside because of the cold, and trying to manage with the strips. I think the strips will wear off in 7-10 days, and I did it when we are supposed to have a streak of dry weather.

    Please give me your thoughts on this. I hate to use any chemicals, I did apiguard last year, and it was much warmer. We have had a really strange summer.

    Thanks for any help I am worried.

    Earlier this year, I lost one of my hives to wax moths. They must have came in over night, because one day I was feeding them their syrup, and 4-5 days later, I checked the hive, and all bees were gone, and it was loaded down with wax moths!!!! I was seriously disturbed after seeing that. I burned everything with that hive. I know it can be cleaned, just not taking a chance. It was scary, sickening, and those poor bees. I had no idea.

    Any advice would be great.

    Thank you all.

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    Default Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Bees4us, If treating with MAQS the weather should be perfect for you, been waiting on the same weather myself.
    On the wax moths, I'd say the bees were already gone or so weak they absconded when they lost control.

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    Default Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Take this with a grain of salt as I'm a beginner.

    Our hives just finished their 7-day MAQs treatment. Our colonies are well populated and usually very busy, but there were hardly any bees to be seen the day after treating. The temps weren't completely optimal - lows near 50 one night followed by a few hot days. My husband checked on them a few days ago and traffic was back to normal. So our kill % won't be perfect, but mite counts on two hives definitely warranted treatment.

    So you likely have little to worry about, but it wouldn't hurt to consult your club or an experienced local beekeeper.

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    Default Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Good question about using it on the cooler end of the spectrum, when its too cool for the bees to go out and fly much. I'm thinking that it probably won't hurt, its not like all the bees in the hive vacate it and cluster on the outside at once, there still have to be bees inside to take care of the brood at all times, its surely not going to kill all of them from staying in there.

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    Default Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    This is my second season of using them and you have to pick the best worst day here due to cold foggy days. I only use half doses, (one strip) unless it's a mega hive. You should be fine.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    This is my second season of using them and you have to pick the best worst day here due to cold foggy days. I only use half doses, (one strip) unless it's a mega hive. You should be fine.
    See now that is what freaks me out. I have one hive that isn't the strongest, that I put 2 strips in, and was wondering if I should have just done 1 strip in that hive. Do you think I should go out there and remove that one strip?? Or would it be worse if I disturbed them??

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