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  1. Re: Mighty Mite killer vs Small hive beetles, my results are conclusive....

    I'm not here to sell MMK. I bought one because I read some great results against SHB. OAV is great against mites and cheap. So I took a chance on something that might help against SHB.
    Just...
  2. Re: Mighty Mite killer vs Small hive beetles, my results are conclusive....

    Jade, my hives haven't moved, they are in a five acre field and get full sun till the last 25 minutes when the shade from the setting sun finally reaches them. First time in six years I'm not...
  3. Re: Mighty Mite killer vs Small hive beetles, my results are conclusive....

    All my hives are strong and in full sun... Always have been, always had tons of SHB....... I do believe you are correct about them moving in quickly. But I can tell you for the first time in 6...
  4. Mighty Mite killer vs Small hive beetles, my results are conclusive....

    Bought the MMK last fall, used it one time (on each hive). Saw few dead SHB so I wasn't so sure it worked. I've been tearing thru hives removing my oldest hive bodies getting ready to paint. My...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Running irrigation thru my main field the last several weeks gave me two ideas. I ran three sprinklers that cover all my hives. Throw one switch and I can protect them from fire or stop a robbing...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Got my cell builder set up last week. Went in and removed 15 cells off two frames. I'm swapping old boxes out of the yard so I can sand and paint them. 4 more two go. One that was glued and...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Hi Jadeguppy,
    I tried every possible marking cage and paint or pen. Over time, I found that even when successful, I lost enough of those marked queens that I finally stopped marking them. ...
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    Re: Bought the Mighty mite thermal... sw Florida

    Chemical treatments work, but you've got chemicals in your hive. Mites build resistance to chemicals. I don't think it's been proven that they build resistance to thermal treatment. I think it's a...
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    Re: Bought the Mighty mite thermal... sw Florida

    Define "Any Mites" left... There is no such thing as ZERO mites. Even with a treatment that killed every mite in a hive, you don't treat ALL the bees. Some are not there. So I don't believe a...
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    Re: Bought the Mighty mite thermal... sw Florida

    I plan to do mine twice a year. Spring build up and Fall as the bee numbers go down and the mite load goes way up. Same schedule I used for OAV.
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    Re: Bought the Mighty mite thermal... sw Florida

    I didn't write numbers down and I pulled my Sticky board on the third day. Mite drop count was heaviest the second day. I found larva on the board the third day, I think bees were pulling larva out...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I don't see a lot this early, but I've never seen NONE... My son and I planned to put the MMK on the first hive we found with a lot of SHB, so we were looking for them. Boy are we happy...
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    Re: Bought the Mighty mite thermal... sw Florida

    Just checked my 14 hives. Not a single SHB was seen in any hive. They've been an absolute scourge for 6 years. Oil trays made a big difference, but last year I used the mighty mite killer in the...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Dove into my hives, Didn't lose any but three where weak and suffered loses, I had to clean the bottom board of dead bees. Think they were on the verge of starving out when the flowers came in. ...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Yea, I treated with OAV and it was very effective and cheap. I decided to get the MMK because it's supposed to kill SHB. It does kill mites, but I haven't tried it yet on a hive I know to have a...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I haven't opened a live hive to look for SHB. That will be next weekend. None of the nucs had been slimed. No honey to slime. I have 4 double, and one triple nuc. I'm going to start building a...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I didn't lose a single hive, but I lost 11 nucs! I went through them today. Looks like they all starved to death. Two or three had very large numbers but the rest were normal to small size nucs. ...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    We've got Maples, plumbs and some others blooming now. I haven't gone into the hives yet, been swamped. My son got back into town last week so we'll start going over the hives this coming...
  19. Re: Heat treatment of varroa mites, anyone have any reviews?

    I used it on all my hives and some of my nucs. Mite drop was good for just the number that fell during the treatment. I didn't put in a sticky board to test the drop over several days. But it's...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    No, but my blue berries have buds all over them already. If they blossom and then freeze we'll get no blue berries. :-(
    I've got a lot of fresh new grass growing too. Saw a hive with very little...
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Been open feeding dry sugar at two stations during this warm weather. They are both covered with bees. It's been in the 70s here for a couple of days now. Nice to see the girls out and about.
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I didn't say she was wrong, I just said her optimism is beaming through loud and clear. :thumbsup:
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    Re: 2018 journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Jadeguppy, you are the forever optimist. I on the other hand, am an experienced optimist, spelled "Pessimist". Next month is the brutal cold (by our standards) with the real losses coming in Feb...
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    Sticky: Re: ATTN: New beekeepers with screened bottom boards

    I used SBB for years and found that the hives with SBB had fewer mites. Which may or may not have anything to do with the SBB. Thou I do remember a UF study that showed hives with SBB had fewer...
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    Re: I am thinking about switching to all deeps

    +1 A full medium is 50 pounds, at chin height with your arms straight out in front of you! I was double deeps and medium supers, so I never had to pick up a deep that was higher than my waist...
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