A Mitey Formicable Kill

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Berniecal, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Berniecal

    Berniecal New Member

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    Haven't posted for a while but I recently added "Mite Away" formic acid quick strips to my 3 hives, and was rewarded with enormous numbers of dead mites on the pull-out below the SBB. Photo attached. Zoom in for a treat!
    I had worried for a few weeks about the high mite load, then got spurred into action by the appearance of deformed wing virus, and a lot of dead bees on the landing board. Hopefully the formic will take some of the pressure off the hives. P1030425.jpg
     
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    Omie New Member

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    Barbarian New Member

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    What's the low down on "Mite Away" QS and the effect on Queen and brood ?
     
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    bamabww New Member

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    Wow! that's the most I've seen. Thanks for letting us know what worked so well for you.
     
  5. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    That's a real heavy load of mites. If you've got sealed drone brood, they're probably bursting at the seams with a new generation of mites waiting to reinfest. Make sure your treatment lasts long enough to attend to them when the drones emerge--or remove the drone brood from the hive.
     
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    Hey Bernie, good to hear from you.
    So how many mites did you count there?
    And yes, let us know how the Quick Strps work out, I haven't tried them yet.
    Hope everything is good with you. I moved the last of my hives out a couple of weeks ago (you should expand and take up the slack) :wink: