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Offline allisono

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Varroa Mites and Small Hive Beetles?
« on: July 05, 2011, 11:27:19 AM »
Hi everyone,

I am a new beekeeper and did a powdered sugar drop/dusting on both of my two hives on Sunday.  Both my hives are pretty strong from what I can tell...  In doing the powdered sugar (I live in Florida by the way) I counted about 20 mites in each hive and 2-4 small hive beetles after leaving it on an hour as advised by one of the guys at Dadant (I'm wondering if I shouldn't have left it on longer after reading a few other posts).  What is a healthy population of Varroa mites and Small Hive Beetle suppose to be?  Is this 1-hour estimate an acceptable test or do I need to repeat and leave the stick board on longer?

Thanks,

Allison 

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Re: Varroa Mites and Small Hive Beetles?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 12:21:34 PM »
Actually, you can count in 10 minutes and the drop will be almost the same as waiting 1 hour.  The numbers you drop will vary, there will be a few fall and if you dust a day or two later the amount will double or triple.  It depends on how many are hatching and comming out of the cells.  Dust on a schedule and look for a trend to develop.  When you start counting hundreds it is time to treat if you are sensitive to losses.

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Re: Varroa Mites and Small Hive Beetles?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 02:08:00 PM »
Thanks for the advice :) 

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Re: Varroa Mites and Small Hive Beetles?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 12:26:57 AM »
Check out this site:  http://www.extension.org/pages/25099/university-of-florida-bee-disease-videos

Our own hometown bee guru Jamie Ellis has the inside scoop on the pests that are the bane of our existence.
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