Since we're in that mite danger zone I thought I'd offer a link to Randy Oliver's varroa monitoring page. He has an excel spreadsheet that allows you to add a certain amount of variation and model mite treatments. Math can get wonky but really like what he's getting at. Essential for new...
So this year in mid-August I ended up getting sick and in the hospital for 2 weeks and missed my normal treatment window.
I normally do my treatments as follows:
Spring - Oxilic Acid - Completed
August (MAQs) - NOT DONE
Early November - Oxilic Acid - NA
Am I too late to do the MAQs and then...
I live in south central Kansas and typically keep a few colonies of bees for honey production. After several seasons of heavy loss due to varroa, my partner and I decided to invest in a vaporizer to treat our colonies. My question is timing. I've read material by Randy Oliver and others, and...
I have 4 hives in Alabama. They are doing very well. Lots of larvae and capped brood in all. I will be treating with Apiguard trays this fall. Currently 3 of the hives have supers on that they are using for food since we are in a dearth. I know there are other beekeepers in Alabama on this...
I copied this from Joe Traynors may 2008 newsletter.
Date of Mite Treatment Frames of bees in December*
*from August 2005, ABJ, p.631. Assume 2,000 bees per frame...