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Author Topic: varroa mites in hive  (Read 1306 times)
New Bee
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Location: Ash Flat, AR

« on: August 30, 2007, 05:37:32 PM »

This is my first year as a beekeeper and last week I noticed varroa mites on some bees.  I collected about a hundred or so bees in a jar and alchohled them.  I found 5 mites, I do not know if my problem is serious or not but winter is coming, my hive did very well this year and is good and strong but I dont want to lose my hive to the varroa over winter.  I would like to get by without chemicals to control the mites if I can, and I understand that the mites will never be gone for good but I want to do everything I can for my hive.  Any suggestions?
Queen Bee
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Location: lake city, florida

« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 05:43:59 PM »

You can try a frame or two of drone comb and there is also the sugar shake (dowda method). both are chemical free.

Michael Bush
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 05:22:20 PM »

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