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Is there any reason for treating a new package for mites?
I have been reading about queen splits and seems that the lag in the brood laying helps the bees get a jump on the mites. Would this be the same with packages also; on new frames. Cause the mites can't breed until the queen is laying eggs.
 

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Same with packages. Don't bother to treat until you actually have a reason to do so. If you treat right off the bat like that it only causes the bees to be less hardy. Give them a chance to build up, and then check in the fall your mite count. If it is too high, treat prior to winter.
 

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Yep. Exactly what happens with packages. Break in the brood cycle leaves the mites without brood to lay in.
 

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I agree with Rusty, when the package is new and has no brood is the perfect time to do a sugar dusting. Three dustings, or a Hopguard treatment before they have any capped brood will remove most of the varroa and will probably keep the mite numbers low for the remainder of the year.
 
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