Treating new Nuc colony for mites
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  1. #1
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    Default Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    For Nuc colonies installed in early May, should you perform a more treatment soon or wait until early fall?

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    Default Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    The safe option would be to do a treatment. It will depend on when they were last treated before you got them. But me anyway, I like to know my bees are good, I would treat them.

    If you are up to doing an alcohol wash or similar, you could do that and know just where the mite situation stands. But it can be about as hassle free to skip that and just treat them anyway.
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    Default Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    Mite growth is exponential; there is no advantage to waiting. Nip it in the bud!
    Frank

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    Default Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    OP is planning to use amitraz. Other responses in his other thread:

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    Default Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    I did. Mites were my #1, 2 and 3 priority. Apivar strips went in immediately, then OAV series in the fall and one OAV in December. 0 mites registering right now. I really like Apivar in early spring followed by OAV series in fall.

    Don't forget about late fall (late Sept, October)- robbing season. That's the one that catches people by surprise. It comes from drift or other colonies failing around you. You can go from a low count to HIGH numbers in a matter of days.
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