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  1. 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...
  2. Diseases and Pests
    I had an experience this summer that prompted me to question whether I've been handling varroa in the right way. I hope some of you more experienced folks will share your views. I've always thought I should assume my colonies are infested, that I should be asking how acute the infestation is...
  3. 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...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    At the end of July, I treated both of my hives with Formic Pro. Since I only had 2 patties available then, I took the 1 patty for 10 days applied twice route. Treatment finished this past Thursday. When I opened the hive to remove the patty, an alcohol wash revealed there were more mites at the...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Commercial Beekeeping
    There are plenty of barriers to entry whether you are talking about the business side of things or the down in the trenches fieldwork. From new diseases, new pesticides, a hostile environment, etc. Beekeeping is not for the faint of heart. whoops url comming soon :P
  9. Diseases and Pests
    I am a newbie and trying to treat varroa without chemicals. A experienced and very good beekeeper who is also anti chemical mentioned an instrument that kills varroa by heat. If anyone has used this could you tell me about it and what you think and just for kicks. Does it work. Pleeeeaase
  10. Diseases and Pests
    Hi, I've been beekeeping for a couple of years with mixed success. I'm getting a better handle on managing varroa, and I was just curious if people have times of the year that they'll just automatically treat their hives? Or if they only treat when they know there's a problem? I'm in San...
  11. Diseases and Pests
    Dear all, Have you tried the "Varomor" vaporizer for treating against varroa? I have seen some YouTube videos (unfortunately all in German) and find it a good choice against the ProVap 110. I do not have access to electricity in my apiaries and do not know how wise would it be to depend on car...
  12. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    I am looking for studies on the cost of burden treating Varroa mites. I have not been able to find data on the cost burden to the industry of treating varroa. Has anyone seen research on this? I have some back of the envelope caulation but would like something more authoritative. Alex
  13. Bee Forum
    Have a hive from a nuc that built up real quick this past spring. It seemed to be doing pretty well, in fact it was the only hive that I got honey from this year. When I tested for mites in August though, my other 3 hives had between 0 and 3 mites per 100, and this one had about 8. I gave...
  14. 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...
  15. Diseases and Pests
    I had a bad experience this year in one of my apiaries where I used a package of bees to boost a lack-luster hive. I put newspaper over the brood box, put on an empty box, and shook the package onto the newspaper. The bees looked terrible. Deformed ans shriveled wings everywhere, and lots of...
  16. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Does nonreproductive swarming adapt to pathogens? What is reproductive and nonreproductive swarming in honey bees? Honey bees play a vital role in the pollination of crops, fruits, and wild plants [1]. However, pathogens and parasites pose major threats to their fitness and survival due to...
  17. Bee Forum
    In 1987, state agriculture inspectors found the bee-killing varroa mites in a Winter Garden hive, according to Sentinel archives. The mites decimated bee colonies across the state, and by 2006, the number of registered beekeepers dropped to about 670, says David Westervelt, chief apiary...
  18. Diseases and Pests
    I monitor varroa using a bottom board count. Last season i treated with Formic Acid when numbers started to climb in August. I harvested some honey in June and the bees seemed more easily riled than before and I did not check for varroa this year until early September due to being away. I...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    I just finished a round of MAQS and after my first inspections at 11 and 13 days, I'm seeing hives with decent numbers of bees, but no eggs, and just a handful of perforated capped cells. I am wondering if the perfed caps could possibly have been caused by the MAQS, in addition to killing the...
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