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gh11
Oct 13th 2008, 07:33 AM
A package of bees started in May grew well ,drew comb, filled with pollen brood and honey, all appeared healthy until a few weeks ago, suddenly all the combs were empty and bees were dying in great numbers? until the weather began to change to cooler nights the bees were usually gathered en mass outside the front entrance. Now the hive is completely gone. What happened?

LtlWilli
Oct 13th 2008, 11:22 AM
I am very sorry about your loss, that's certain...If the dying bees are there for you to see, we can rule out CCD. They must have either gotten into a posion somewhere, or be sricken with vaaroa or tracheal mites. Many bees are killed as a byproduct of some people's version of fly control. There is a fly bait that comes as small yellow granules, and it is sugery enough to draw them.
You might examine some of the dead bees. Look for mites or distorsion of the wings on the bees. I hope this is just a onetime thing, and that things will soon look better for you.
Best wishes,
Rick~ LtlWilli

Iddee
Oct 13th 2008, 12:39 PM
Sounds like tracheal mites. If pesticide, there would still be honey, pollen and brood. Too early in fall to die from varroa.

LtlWilli
Oct 13th 2008, 02:30 PM
You are right, Bee Catcher!...I didn't think of it from that angle. I am learning all the time, and guys like you pointing out how to analize a problem from all sides really helps.
Thanks, and have a great week.
Rick

gh11
Oct 16th 2008, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the reply. Have put grease patties on my other hives. Anything else I should do?

Iddee
Oct 16th 2008, 11:32 AM
A treatment with a thymol product may help. It is said to kill tracheal and varroa mites, and may even help with SHB, although I am not sure on them.