I am new to bees this year. I have a question about treating varroa:
On June 23, I installed a 4-frame nuc into an 8-frame langstroth hive. The bees have made a good start on filling out the 2 frames adjacent to the 4 they came with, but have hardly touched the furthest outside two frames so they are just in a single box. There is a ton of capped brood and they are storing honey and pollen (canola in bloom).
I have a screened bottom board, and recently used the “sticky board” method to get a count on varroa levels. I realize that this is not the most accurate method, but I don’t feel like I have the bee numbers to do a wash count. Over 72 hours, there were ~53 mites on the board.
I know I need to treat, but am I okay to treat now? Most of what I’ve read says to treat in spring of late summer/early fall. I don’t expect to harvest honey this season so effect on honey isn’t a concern. Priority is to make sure they are healthy and have enough numbers to get through winter.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Avg. temps right now: Range from 20-30 degrees Celsius on any given day.
Varroa treatments I have access to: Thymovar, Mite Away Quick Strips, Apivar, Apistan
Approximate colony size: 5 frames (brood and honey/pollen stores)
Thank you in advance for any insight you might wish to provide!