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Offline powwer

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Treating
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:12:21 PM »
Should I be treating for mites and FBD even if I don't have any signs of it?


Offline AllenF

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Re: Treating
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 11:05:21 PM »
Mites.   Everybodies got them.   There is no question of that.  There are no bees here that do not have them.   There was a good write up in Bee Culture last month on whether to treat or not.   Treat them in the fall regardless.  I went a couple of years without treatments and my winter losses were 50%.   That got hard after a while.  I treated this year without checking mite counts.  It is hard to keep a sick hive going after the mite counts have become overwhelming to save the hive.  I think it is like the flu shot for my bees. 

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: Treating
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 10:11:11 AM »
FBD?  Foulbrood?  It's usually AFB (American Foulbrood) or EFB (European Foulbrood).  Last time I used antibiotics for prevention of any kind of foulbrood was 1974 and I feel foolish for doing that...
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Offline powwer

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Re: Treating
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 02:14:50 PM »
Ahh yes AFB is what I ment. Thanks from both of you