Re: Constant mite removal management
In my observation there are 3 level of mites--The mature mom and 2 sisters, sometime a brother.
Mostly only a mom, 1 mature sister and 1 premature (yellowish) sister on every hatch cycle.
After the 2 mature mites went into the cap bees on the 2nd bee cycle, the premature sister mite
linger on waiting for her opportunity, maybe on the 3rd cap bee cycle. That is why it is so hard to
get rid of the mites completely. While on the new bee the mites will hold on for as long as they can sometime
up to the time of the bee turning into a big fat nurse bee or a forager. So it may take a few weeks. And some will
fall off the bees during the grooming process. There isn't a predictable pattern of how long that a mite will stay on an
individual bee. Once you start counting your bees to know their life cycle along with the bees then you will learn some
more about them. Another interesting education to know them all!
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?