My hive just threw off a swarm on Sunday. There are plenty of bees left but my mite levels are very high. I was told that since I’m now probably queenless that my hive should self-treat for varroa since there will be a broodless period coming up. But my mite levels are much higher than my treatment threshold and I’m seeing evidence of deformed wing virus (DWV). I could throw in a single Mite Away Quick Strip (although I just did a major inspection and reconfiguration and the MAQS people advise waiting three days before treatment).
Given the advice above about a broodless period is mite treatment required/advised? Is there is a chance that my old queen is still around? Obviously I didn’t see her in my inspection. I haven’t seen her for months!
Here is an interactive chart of my ongoing mite data based on mite fall on the SBB. And here’s a screenshot:
… I know many people are going to say that counting mites this way isn’t a good indicator of actual mite levels. But I would hope that my consistency and volume of data collection makes up for it.
Would treating for mites now hurt my colony’s chances of re-queening? Or is the mite infestation more of a threat to their survival? This question is assuming my old queen has flown away.