I heard that there were beekeepers up there (mostly migratory I think) that claimed the Oxalic acid wasn’t working as well as expected. I had a lot of mites this past Fall also, even with the treatments, and I had 3 hives on one end of a bench that had piles of dead bees in front of, too many for robbing, and when inspected it looked like either late swarms or absconding. Im going for swarming because the frames/cells were very “polished” looking and not a drop of honey in the bottom deep. We luckily had a large honey crop, and some very weird weather. I bought Saskatraz queens (5) in May from CA and by August, 3 of the hives had swarmed.I've read all kinds of stuff over the years, I'm sure somebody like Mr. Musk will figure something out if it's really needed. My bees are doing fine, treated for mites 4 times this year, not the best honey crop, and the fall crop was really poor, but my hives went into winter heavy. checked about half today, all are heavy and alive, two must have swarmed late as they are in the top and soiling the back of the hive. would be nice if they would get a warm day to take a break. Many beeks around here had problems again with mite bombs late. hope yours are doing fine.
the oxalic is working just fine, the concentration of bees and the lack of some people treating bees is one major problem, the other is two years ago we had terrible mite bombs go off, many people resupplied with bees, well two years later they are at it again. I'll paste an email I sent out to beeks who treat.I heard that there were beekeepers up there (mostly migratory I think) that claimed the Oxalic acid wasn’t working as well as expected.
well actually she was going to get a friend of her's that speaks russian to talk to him, but she doesn't think he will treat any way, I did suggest she offer to treat the hives for him, we will see this spring. We could only see that one was alive because he has chickens running around and I think they were eating up the dead bees.Mike, “The neighbor has 5 Russian? hives in his back yard, and can't communicate with him as he only speaks russian.” I feel he does know communicable English, they all do. He just doesn’t want to talk with her. Maybe she could mention the State Bee Inspector is coming to take a look; she would get a reaction from that, and he wouldn’t know we don’t really have any inspectors anymore. Deb
the numbers are interesting as she seems to have caught it early on, I was going to try and run the mite counts through Randy Olivers mite calculator but got sidetracked. The other interesting thing about the numbers, is around the same time there were beeks on bee-l in other states showing the same problem, just they weren't counting all the mites, just speculating. the third interesting fact, was two hives mite counts were pretty normal, while the other two sky rocketed, why did those two not get involved, one was low enough she didn't even count it?? But the number of mites, and the fact that not all hives were affected, matches two years ago, when people lost half a yard of bee hives, while the other half made it to spring. I liked it better just 3 years ago I could treat twice a year and be confidant that my hives were good to go, I can still do that in areas where everyone is treating. bummerThose are some insane mite drops.