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Thread: Nosema

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Decatur, TN, USA

    Default Nosema

    I had a hive to die out to what I now think was Nosema. Can I still use hive to install some new package bees or do I need to do something to it first?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: Nosema

    What makes you think it was Nosema? All confined bees get dysentery, if that was your criteria. A microscope is the only way to tell if they have Nosema. Nosema apis seems to have virtually dissappeared, and that was the variety that sometimes caused dysentery (not the only cause as any confined bees will have dysentery if they are feeding brood and confined very long). If it is Nosema ceranae the spores tend to die in the cold.

    "The infectivity of N ceranae spores dropped substantially after a week of refrigeration, and dramatically after a week of freezing. Modified from Fries (Bitidningen 107, 2009) by permission."--Randy Oliver (see above link)
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 42y 40h 39yTF

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Great Falls Montana

    Default Re: Nosema

    I like to scrape the brown stain off the top bars before putting bees on it. Makes me feel better.


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