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  1. Diseases and Pests
    Did a few washes yesterday because it was/has/will be unseasonably warm for a bit here in early November. Crazy high numbers from a couple of colonies, 15 and 18. I suspect robbing as there is a lot of dark honey coming in that’s being capped extremely fast, but I don’t want to discount other...
  2. Diseases and Pests
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  3. Diseases and Pests
    Why are varroa meds so expensive? If you have read some of my other posts, you may be starting to get the feeling that I am kind of cheap. I guess that’s fair. lately I have been thinking about why Apivar and other varroa medications are so expensive. We are not talking about patented chemical...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I will be treating my hive with oxalic acid using a vaporiser. I have a brood box and super which is full of honey (stores for winter). I have read that you should remove all supers before treating therefore, should I remove the super and shake the bees into the brood box before using the...
  5. 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?
  6. Diseases and Pests
    It is hot here. I'm in North Texas and it has been brutally hot. I will be robbing my bees on Friday and if I don't see brood, and I don't expect to see brood in this heat, considered treating with OAV afterward. But our nights barely get to the low 80s, daytime high is 104 today with heat...
  7. Observation Hive Forum
    Hi everyone, I would like to ask , do you have problems with this mite in observation beehives? ( I am talking about totally flat hives, where space between glass sheets is 38/39mm and hives keep year-round at home). I keep bees many( over 30) years in such beehives and I have notice (always)...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    Hi! 2nd year beekeeper here so learning every day. I split my first hive early April. My original queen went with the split while my original hive was left to rear a queen (it had queen cells when I split). So I checked two weeks ago and queen cell was more developed. Checked today and saw my...
  9. Bee Forum
    It was 65 degrees yesterday and I decided to do the first inspection of my beehive coming out of the winter. I started this hive from package last year and have treated it twice, once in summer once in the fall. I feed them a lot of sugar syrup in the fall to build up their stores and they had a...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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