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  1. Bee Forum
    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...
  2. Diseases and Pests
    Dear all, Here in Mexico amitraz stripes are very expensive so I was looking for other options. Could you help out with the following questions? 1.- Would you recommend tau fluvalinate stripes? I found some in e bay. They are made in China and look a bit shady but was thinking on giving them a...
  3. Diseases and Pests
    I thought I would share with ya'll one of the steps I take in keeping varroa counts down. Years ago, I did the green drone frames/ freeze thing, and came to consider it a waste of hive resources. Then one day, I was reading some wise words written by Laurie, and saw how she cut her foundation...
  4. Bee Forum
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beekeeper-confidential-bees-beekeeping/id1436653043?i=1000440071666 I just listened to this podcast interview of a very well known researcher of the varroa mite. No matter how or if you treat he talks about how much more destructive varroa is then when it...
  5. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi everybody, the season for treatments is approaching, I am planning on buying a new oxalic acid vaporizer. I need something fast, therefore i am excluding varrox type models, and my choice narrowed down to 3 models: Provap Sublimox Oxalika Pro What do you think? first hand experience...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    This is my third year beekeeping. The first two were not so good. This year I have two hives, with new packages installed in April. They are both going great guns, far better than the first two years. Can I put honey supers on already if both deeps are drawn and the bees are doing well? I...
  7. Bee Forum
    I decided to not treat my two hives for varroa before wintering ... largely because I was conflicted about it (being a first year beekeeper) and also because I did a sugar roll in the fall and the numbers didn't seem bad at all. I decided to try the "wait and see" approach, and continue...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    2nd year beekeeper. This year my focus was to keep my 2 hives alive through the winter up in the Seattle area after my 1 hive last year didn't make it, most likely because of Varoa. This summer I used drone trapping and Apilife-VAR strips for 3 weeks in August. I haven't been doing any mite...
  9. Diseases and Pests
    Hi all, I did a hive inspection this morning and I pulled off some comb (it got crushed when I removed the frame because it stuck out too much) that had a lot of capped drone brood when I opened it around 40% to 60% of the drone larva had mites on them. I have not seen mites on any of the others...
  10. Diseases and Pests
    STUDY ABOUT NATURAL TREATMENT WITH HORSETAIL (EQUISETUM ARVENSE) FOR CONTROL OF VARROA MITE (VARROA DESTRUCTOR) PERFORMED IN A HIVE OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, CHIAPAS MEXICOPaper prepared by Arturo Fuentes González Anaya Macotela Martin, Alfredo Castellanos J. Coutinho...
  11. Equipment/Hardware
    http://todolisthome.com/make-my-own-screened-bottom-board-sheets/ This episode shows how I make my mite drop count boards with corrugated plastic sheets I got online cheap from Signwarehouse.com. I had been looking for a long time for a cheap supply of co plastic sheets because just one from...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, We are totally new to beekeeping and our mentor has moved far away. Please help! Yesterday I checked our 2 new hives - we picked up the nucs last week. Both nucs have plastic foundation but we have the first hive set up with beeswax foundation, the second on plastic with beeswax...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi, I just did some drone brood removal in my two ktbh's and thought I might share some observations. This is only my second season, and I never removed drones last year, but had huge mite numbers by last fall, and decided to try drone removal this season. First, off I'll say that I don't like...
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