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Offline sean

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Varroa Mite
« on: September 16, 2008, 12:03:12 AM »
We(jamaica) have been using sterile flies as a means to eradicate screw worm infestations and i seem to recall the same method being used on other types of infestations. I just occurred to me, does any one know if it has been tried with mites? If sterile males were released into infected hives wouldnt it basically stop reproduction in a matter of weeks. Just a thought, dont know how practical it is

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Re: Varroa Mite
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 06:19:50 AM »
sean watch this video, it show the life cycle of bee's and mites, you will see that mites are born and breed in the cell while its capped. mite be hard to do that with these things.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-7304562435786960616&q=Varroa+mite
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Re: Varroa Mite
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 07:03:30 AM »
And the males die when the bee emerges. So there are no phoretic male Varroa mites.
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Re: Varroa Mite
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 12:07:41 PM »
TwT, a very informative and interesting video thanks.
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Re: Varroa Mite
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 12:38:08 PM »
this one and a bunch more are in the Video Library

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,2098.0.html
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