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Author Topic: Australia is the only country free of Varroa mite.  (Read 1020 times)
Queen Bee
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Location: s/e melbourne australia (-)37.50S 145.0E

« on: January 31, 2006, 03:19:33 AM »

Ive been reading so much about these buggers. I cant believe how much of a probelm they are for you all.

I hope Australia can stay free of these. New Zealand have them, so our Quarantine and Customs people have to be extra sharp. I worry about people bringing in things they shouldnt due to ignorance.

I guess our biggest risk is from the contents of a shipping container. An old car with a hive in it etc. that wasnt noticed. I must find out how they got into NZ>!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2006, 02:44:30 PM »

The south island of NZ where I live has not had varroa yet. I didnt know Aus didnt have them.
It is just a matter of time though. Everyone here is frightened and we have had a few scares, these have been finally explained by contaminated varroa tests. Movement of bee equipment between the islands is very controlled here.
I have been eagerly reading about the small cells, wondering whether I can convert my bees in time for the arrival of varroa.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2006, 03:02:50 PM »

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I have been eagerly reading about the small cells, wondering whether I can convert my bees in time for the arrival of varroa.

Small cells cannot help you. It is not that easy. You just loose your hives.
I have had varroa 20 years. There are good cures against it. Here is my 3 of my hives and they forage well with their mites.

"Smaller honeybee cells neither reduce the reproductive success or the amount of cells infested by the Varroa destructor mite, according to a New Zealand study.".
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