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Offline bernie

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varroa mites
« on: September 06, 2006, 07:42:18 PM »
Is there a consensus on the acceptable drop count number in a 24 hour period?  My hives range from 3 to 68 dropped mites in 24 hours.  I don't like using chemicals when and if I don't have to.

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varroa mites
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2006, 01:19:25 AM »
3 is excellent indicating a low mite infestation.  68 shows a serious problem is developing.  Nows the time to do a series of 3 sugar shakes spaced 10 days apart.  Like you I prefer natural methods and the sugar shake is a good option.
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Re: varroa mites
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2006, 03:37:58 PM »
more than 2 mites natuaral drops in 24 hours. TREAT! Sorry to be that short. if you do not treat you will loose your hive. Hivelife from first infection to dead 3 years. And my advice don't relay on fancy treatments. If you use apistan and byvarol strictly follow the written labels. otherwise the risk will be resistant varroa.

Danish treatment:

Spring formic acid
Summer drone removement
autoumn when the hive is broodless oxalic acid