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  1. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hi friends, Since the natural pH of honey reduces pest susceptibility, and the higher pH of sugar syrup increases it, would it be possible to reduce the pH of sugar syrup to match that of honey? I prefer to avoid feeding if at all possible. I leave on plenty of honey, and use frames of honey...
  2. Diseases and Pests
    I've searched and searched but have not found any answers to my question regarding doing inspections while Apiguard is in place. Should I continue to do weekly inspections while using Apiguard? I placed the first dose last Tuesday and took a peek and noticed they had removed or it had...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, I just installed two packages on 5/7/21; upon the first inspection (5/15/21) I found that the queen from one had failed (no queen found, no eggs), so I introduced a new queen on 5/18/21. When I did the next inspection on 5/26/21, the new queen had taken and I found plenty of eggs in...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Hello, I watched a video of Ralph Buchler and read some of his articles on treating for varroa mites. I like his idea of total brood removal 2 weeks before the end of the flow with a trapping comb and oxalic acid dribbling afterwards. I think this might be better than caging as I would like to...
  5. Diseases and Pests
    Very new to beekeeping but have begun the journey. Yesterday I did a mite check on our one remaining hive and found that we were at the threshold for treatment. My question is what is the easiest method to treat for Varroa mites and where do I get the product? Thank you in advance for your help.
  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. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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