Re: Deformed Wing Virus question
Nothing to be shocked about.
Originally Posted by AR1
Per my readings, DWV virus is a normal event regardless of the mites.
It always exists and is always few infected bees are there.
I find 1-2 DWV bees in my "TF" hives - so what?
I do nothing and not worried.
Mites <> DWV.
It just the mites increase the re-infection and transmission by a factor of X (same as mosquitoes and ticks do for humans).
Then the # of DWV infected bees increases by X factor.
For example, then you may see tens and hundreds of DWV infected bees crawling in front of the hives - that's the so-called "bomb" and best be terminated/closed in at that point.
I am sure DWV bee cases have been around for long time and no one paid attention.
DWV virus is not a brand new, just now introduced virus and been around for eons (just like flu virus and cold virus).
Sure, it also mutates maybe annually.
All the normal stuff.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.