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  1. #121
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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    So the researcher mentioned above has confirmed the Ss does predate the varroa mite in vitro. They could not get good results from their hives however.
    They are currently in the process of writing a manuscript of their results, so shouldn't be long. Will put a link up when I get.
    Additionally, research is being conducted by a couple guys at a University in Holland, and more is about to begin from Laval University in Quebec.
    Looking promising... but quite a variation in results. Have any of you tried Ss in your hives?? What did you find?

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Tried them, found them pretty worthless.

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    So I have a half barrel hive made out of a 55 gal plastic drum. I want to turn
    this hive into an eco hive with the bottom all fill in.
    What substrates on the floor should I use to house these beneficial mites?
    I want to have a colony that can sustain themselves over time. Any idea on the materials for
    the eco floor?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Composted bark and leaf litter would probably be ideal, maybe some peat moss mixed in, saw dust as well.

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Composted bark and leaf litter would probably be ideal, maybe some peat moss mixed in, saw dust as well.
    Like a bee terrarium.

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    did I just read eco and plastic in the same sentence? LOL

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Quote Originally Posted by Haraga View Post
    How do we order some?
    Some here
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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Well, if this experiment works then
    transfer them to Lauri's triple wooden hive box
    should be more eco friendly. For now it is just the
    plastic barrel for the sake of this experiment. Afraid
    too many of them crawling onto my bee suit on a
    hive inspection. Not too fond of those mites either.
    This should be a fun experiment to work on during the Spring
    expansion going on now after I waterproof
    the perimeter of the barrel hive with a foam tape sponge. Put in
    18 frame of bees from the double deep hive boxes. Figured at least
    1 foot of empty space at the bottom for the substrates. How close
    the substrates have to be from the bottom of the bee frames? Maybe an inch
    or 2" of empty space from the frames?
    Put in a small electric blanket to keep the hive temp. at 77F for the mites
    to thrive and feed the bees Lauri's bricks and patty subs.
    My ideal version would be a big layer of the saw dust at
    the bottom from the stove pellets pine after loosen them up with water.
    A thin layer of fine vermiculite mixed in with the peat moss. Then a layer of compost and worm casting.
    Follow by a 1/2" layer of organic matters like leaf litters, some dry grass
    clippings and some medium coarse wood bark/chips. Finally put in some red wrigglers. Oh, don't forget
    some cow manure or the dry horse poop to feed the worms too.
    Last time I abandoned this project because the black paint on the bottom of the barrel peeled off. These
    plastic barrel will not stick to any chemical inside. Have to rough it first with a grinder before you can paint it inside.
    Having the substrates should keep everything nice and dark for the bees. What about the mites, do they need
    lights to thrive? Wonder how they will respond with a strip of the led Christmas lights inside the barrel all around on
    a timer?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJSpencer View Post
    So the researcher mentioned above has confirmed the Ss does predate the varroa mite in vitro. They could not get good results from their hives however.
    They are currently in the process of writing a manuscript of their results, so shouldn't be long. Will put a link up when I get.
    Additionally, research is being conducted by a couple guys at a University in Holland, and more is about to begin from Laval University in Quebec.
    Looking promising... but quite a variation in results. Have any of you tried Ss in your hives?? What did you find?
    Hi AJSpencer -- is the research manuscript published in the meantime?

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