Looking for some local Washington advice...
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  1. #1
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    Default Looking for some local Washington advice...

    1) Are there specific varroa mite thresholds to dictate treatment for our region?

    2) What times of the year should I treat my hives?

    Picked up my nucs 5/4. I'm going to start doing a monthly mite count via powdered sugar method this upcoming week, just looking for guidance on when tx is indicated for our area. Thanks!

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Looking for some local Washington advice...

    what is an appropriate threshold for treatment ? That depends on the time of year to some extent, mite populations are not static, they are growing. I used to get real concerned about thresholds and numbers when doing a mite check, but we have since dramatically simplified our process. Do a shake, count mites. Any number greater than zero means, deal with mites.

    I've posted much on this subject in the past. For a short read that explains mite population dynamics, read the first post in this thread:- https://www.beesource.com/forums/sho...f-a-mite-crash

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Looking for some local Washington advice...

    Excellent reply and info on the provided link. Trying to soak up all I can as a new beek. Sounds like I'm on the right track just doing a sugar role in this upcoming week and then repeating monthly and treating accordingly. Thank you for your explanation about conceptualizing the life cycle sprints as well. I hadn't put it together with the 3 week brood cycle and new info about the mite cycle. Simple and straightforward. Much appreciated.

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