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Offline gardo

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« on: April 25, 2005, 09:59:53 AM »
Have many of you have used the Russians? My beekeeper friend and I switched last year. He seems to think there is excessive swarming. Do they actually resist the varroa mite as well as they are supposed to? If they do have a natural resistance, would it not be bad for their strain to use pesticides? Tell me any experience you have had.
Thank you.
Gary McCluskey
North Alabama USA

Offline Michael Bush

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2005, 12:29:28 PM »
>Have many of you have used the Russians?

I have.

>My beekeeper friend and I switched last year. He seems to think there is excessive swarming.

Maybe a little more.

>Do they actually resist the varroa mite as well as they are supposed to?

I didn't notice much difference.

>If they do have a natural resistance, would it not be bad for their strain to use pesticides?

I think it's bad to use pesticides for any bees.

>Tell me any experience you have had.

The ones I had were a bit more defensive, not in the stinging way, but headbutting and following further.
Michael Bush
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Offline gardo

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2005, 08:46:28 PM »
how do you deal with mites,etc.
thank you for the reply.
Gary

 

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