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

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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:
 
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