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#84

I’m not computer savvy so if you go to Facebook. Page you can see pictures of setup.


#85

Interesting new research. We all know that Varroa feed on bee blood (hemolymph), right? Wrong! They are actually feeding on fat bodies. This article has a link to a video recording of the lecture about it:

Meanwhile, here is a photo 24 hours after my latest OAV treatment. Scary stuff!


#86

Fat bodies??? I’d better go check myself for mites!


#87

You can get Dawn to do a sugar roll for ya, then have a vape together :wink:


#88

Be glad you’re treating yours. As a newbie I’ve come across so many experienced bee keepers that procrastinate treating the bees and just buy more in the spring. I find that sad and expensive. If it were a theory or belief or trial it wouldn’t bother me but neglect…that chaps my fanny.


#89

That’s a great photo. Are you treating every 5 days for 15 days? What’s your program? Interestingly enough after going to the link you posted this is what I got sucked into from the same site. https://honeybeesuite.com/its-not-about-mites-any-more/


#90

I treat every 5 or 6 days, usually for three treatments. However after each OAV, I do an “accelerated mite drop” count, checking the mites on the core flute slider. This is a standard British method and is a very good indicator. I document the drop by photographing the board. If the count on the whole board is higher than 25 mites, I treat again 5 days after the last treatment, and keep treating until it drops below 25. My record is 6 treatments. If I had to do more than that, I might consider Apivar once a year.