Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!
I agree that when the bees are sick they need to be treated to prevent the death of the colony. There are many
treatment methods that are affective too. I have read that the OAV over time the mites can build resistant to them. What is the next method of
treatment after that?
I have not treat my hives on 3 years of beekeeping. I gave them a brood break during the summer
time by requeening all my hives for 2 months with nucs broods to support the hive population.
Since there is no nectar flow in the dearth here every summer so I have to feed them.
Then on the early Fall flow the new queens started to build up the nest. This is the time
that they are doing it. Going into the Fall and winter will be some nice fat bees to overwinter with. So far I have
not see any mite infestation on any of my hives on hive observation. All my comb are 80% small size cells so I don't know
if it is due to this or not to minimize the mite infestation. The local bee farm where I got my queens from said they are the survivor local stock that resist the mites with built in VSH genetics. I am happy with this brood break method and local VSH survivor stocks so far. The after the solstice queens made 1 month ago really building up the nest with this end of summer/Fall flow. In 2 more weeks my mid-summer Borage will be blooming to give them a boost of feed. I think it is not just one method of treatment but a combination of all the right key elements according to your local environment to make beekeeping work. What do you think?
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?