Re: A shift in message? The case for IPM instead of bond as the path to TF for new ba
Recently did the fall mite treatment round on all my hives. Most bees in pretty good shape, maybe 1/2 the hives showing some evidence of mites such as the odd chewed larva.
Except for one site, every hive in the yard near death, no live brood left, crawling in mites, few bees. There is no way this site could have got so bad so quick by itself. Virtually certain I know the suspect, a site around 1/2 mile away where a large commercial beekeeper dumped a load of dinks not suitable to go to the manuka. Did a drive by and could see some hives no activity. IE, most likely dead and probably by mites.
So commercials can be a problem to others around also, although this guy sadly is got old and is not the beekeeper he used to be, and has hired flunkies.
Did manage to save the hives by the way, treating alone would have been too late for them, but raided another site and got a good comb of near hatching brood to put in each of the sick hives plus put in mite treatment, the bees from the good brood comb were just enough to keep the hive alive for the 3 weeks needed to get some brood of their own coming through, hives now small but will make it, didn't lose a single one.
But that was definately a case of bees being overwhelmed by mite invasion. Hate to think what the other guys hives are like.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 04-01-2017 at 05:30 PM.
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