Cool Pics of Varroa Mites --

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by jim314, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Jim You understood me only partially. Re: "Glad to hear they die relatively quickly when out of the hive."
    Let me clarify---off of bees they will die relatively quickly. On flying bees out of the hive, they will enjoy free rides to possibly infest another hive. If infested larva are thrown out of the hive, the mites on them will probably continue their development and theoretically, if another bee sits down, it could be a source of infestation. All infested brood thrown out of the hive should be squashed--that puts a quick end to the mites' development.
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    your enemy is your friend...

    once it was the dread fireant, now one or two of them are my ally.
     

  3. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    Thanks for the clarification efmesch. After reading your reply I went out and checked and the mites are all dead, whether on the dead larva and pupae or by themselves on the table.

    I didn't find any larva left on the ground, so I guess the fire ants did their job.