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Author Topic: England can keep their mites  (Read 970 times)
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« on: May 22, 2006, 06:00:00 PM »

Well it looks like something special is developing in the UK. Pesticide resistant varroa mites.  Well I think I don't want those.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/05/22/nbees22.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/22/ixuknews.html

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 06:44:16 AM »

They've been resistant in FL since 97:
http://entomology.unl.edu/beekpg/tidings/btid1997/btiddc97.htm

And Nebraska since 99:
http://entomology.unl.edu/beekpg/tidings/btid1999/btdoct99.htm#Article3

Resistance is widespread in California and, I would guess most everywhere by now.

Go to the beekeepers meetings and you'll hear all the experts say the chemicals no longer work and the residues from them are killing our bees, sterilizing our drones and queens and contaminating our honey.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006, 07:42:49 AM »

Unfortunatly our local beekeeper meetings has mainly hobbist beekeepers. There are a few professional beekeepers but they are either to far away or working to hard to make it.

The meetings while nice are not the most informative. I was the first person in the group to ever bring in permacomb.

Maybe we can send England all our mites resistant or not. Wink

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