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10/11/12 Hive Check – Varroa Mite Treatment


Low temperature scanning electron micrograph (...

Low temperature scanning electron micrograph (LTSEM) of Varroa destructor on a honey bee host (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three weeks ago, I noticed that some of my bees had deformed wings. A random selection of three of the dying bees were collected in from the yard.  All three of the bees had deformed wings and one had a varroa mite on it’s back.  A hive inspection revealed that varroa mites were in the hives.  The bees were first treated with a dusting of powered sugar in hopes that they would remove the mites as they licked the sugar off one another.   I’ve watched the hives closely and haven’t seen any improvement.  Today, I installed apistan strips in the bottom brood boxes of both of my hives and removed the supers.  At this time both of the hives had lots of honey stores in the brood boxes.  The supers that were removed had lots of nectar and some capped honey.  In six to eight weeks, the apistan strips have to be removed and the supers put back on the hives.


4 thoughts on “10/11/12 Hive Check – Varroa Mite Treatment

  1. Be careful with Apistan as in some areas varroa mites have developed resistance to pyrethroids, so the treatment won’t affect them. If this doesn’t apply to your area yet, it’s best to alternate the years you use it with a non-pyrethroid treatment to try and prevent the mites building resistance. Apiguard, a natural thymol based treatment, is a good one.

    Best of luck with your bees.

  2. Check out what Michael Bush says about treating bees…

    I like Michael Bush a lot. One day last spring, I had a bunch of questions about attracting swarms. I emailed him one Sunday mid-morning my time and heard back within an hour. He’s full of knowledge and I really respect his non treatment of bees. “We’re building strong mites and wimpy bees.”

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