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  1. Diseases and Pests
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  2. Diseases and Pests
    I installed a nucleus hive a week ago, and did an alcohol was yesterday, a week after installing. In a 1/2 cup of bees, I had 4 mites, which is above the treatment threshold where I live. Is it usual for a nuc to need treatment already? Is it considered bad practice on the part of the seller?
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All, I'm in MA and I'm a second-year BK. My bees did not survive the winter so I still feel like a newbie. I hived two nuks this past weekend and they have all of the drawn comb and honey supplies from last year's bees. (Hive was thoroughly cleaned out-- no signs of disease, and frames went...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    I'm just getting back into beekeeping and am going to start a hive this spring. I was originally planning on purchasing wax foundation for my two deep brood supers but read somewhere that naturally drawn comb is smaller than pre made foundation and the smaller comb was somewhat helpful in...
  5. Diseases and Pests
    Research from Asia. This is out of a FB group I follow. And so far the research is only showing heat as being an effective treatment against the future invader. This is just a copy and paste...
  6. Bee Forum
    Greetings All, Suppose you run a small yard in a secluded place with no managed hives within 3 miles and only a few feral colonies in trees in the same distance. If you don't buy any bees or introduce any from the outside, is it possible to kill every mite, then have a period where this is once...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Turns out my mite control early in the year was not as effective as expected, so I have one hive with an excessive mite load. This is my second year as a beek, so still dialing in how to be a beekeeper rather than a varroa mite keeper. I did a full course of OA vaporization over the last two...
  8. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Suppose you are making queens. You have bad hives that you want to treat for varroa (with an artificial brood break) and requeen. You want to breed from and not treat your good hives. How do you do this? The goal for bad hives Apply the treatment. requeen My simplified definition of a brood...
  9. All other areas
    This is what we do in late winter / early spring :D https://youtu.be/2d5Z47uEWF0
  10. Diseases and Pests
    Hello fellow beeks, Could someone explain the difference in symptoms and look of parasytic mite syndrom, sac brood and chalk brood? What are the causes of each and how could they be treated? I'm having a really hard time when diagnose them. Cheers! F.
  11. Diseases and Pests
    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...
  12. Observation Hive Forum
    How do you all treat for mites in a observation hive? I had thought OAV was really the only method, is there another method? Thanks Jason
  13. Diseases and Pests
    From what I've heard people say tropilaelaps reaching North America and Europe "WOULD BE THE END OF THE WORLD" but from reading a little bit about them it seems like they would be less pestilent than varroa. My reasoning is this. Since tropilaelaps can only feed off of larvae and not adult bees...
  14. Diseases and Pests
    I thought an instructional video would be useful to any beeks wanting to try the latest Oxalic Acid method. I've had the towels in my hives for about a month, but I won't really know how well they're working until I start testing for mites again in early June. //DELETED ORIGINAL VIDEO//...
  15. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Varroa destructor Mites Can Nimbly Climb from Flowers onto Foraging Honey Bees Varroa destructor, the introduced parasite of European honey bees associated with massive colony deaths, spreads readily through populations of honey bee colonies, both managed colonies living crowded together in...
  16. Diseases and Pests
    I've been using oxalic acid vaporization for a couple years and it works great to kill mites with no apparent harm to my bees. The only part of the process I dislike is doing the sugar rolls to calculate the pre- and post-test mite load. This testing process is intrusive and I'm always afraid...
  17. Bee Forum
    Hello, all. I'm a first year beekeeper in southeast Iowa. I bought a Russian pkg this year, installed it and took a mere 6 gal. I also recieved a swarm from a friend. Right in the middle between mean and dosile. Anyway, I was wondering if I missed anything. I've got ventilation holes in the...
  18. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Prospective Large-Scale Field Study Generates Predictive Model Identifying Major Contributors to Colony Losses Over the last decade, unusually high losses of colonies have been reported by beekeepers across the USA. Multiple factors such as Varroa destructor, bee viruses, Nosema ceranae...
  19. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Identification, Diversity and Evolution of MITEs in the Genomes of Microsporidian Nosema Parasites Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) are short, non-autonomous DNA transposons, which are widespread in most eukaryotic genomes. However, genome-wide identification, origin and...
  20. Commercial Beekeeping
    If you use the VMVaporizer, we released a new step-by-step video on how to use it. If you have comments/suggestions, PM me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY3f8BzLw-k Thank you, Edward
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