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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Versipelis, Apr 10, 2015.
Smaller cell size keeping in-check or total elimination of Varroa mites?
doesn't work for me. I run a lot of Mann Lake PF-100's and it doesn't appear to be any better for mites than the rite cell. I like it for other reasons. Tighter brood nest with more cells is the main reason. If I had SHB I might feel differently.
Thank you for your insight. As far as I can understand her, Dee Lusby swears it's the cure. I've wondered, if there was anything to it.
I use the standard mann lakes rite cell and have not treated my hives with anything for anything in 4 years, I use the "survival of the fittest" approach to mites and has served me well, now at 70 strong hives and hope to hit 100 by the end of spring
Micheal Bush (bushfarms.com?) claims good things also.
I'm a 4th year treatment free Beek, running modified Pierco plastic frames, because I like the idea of 11 frames and more bees. I can't claim any advantages, only because I've nothing to compare it with. Genetics has to play a large part in Honey Bee survival.
What's a "modified plastic frame"?
Betting he drilled a beesize hole in the bottom corners, facilitates movement in the hive. Worst thing about plasticell (which I use except when I am going foundationless wedge wood frames) is that the bees have to take the LONG way around bottom or top to move from frame to frame.
when bees build comb without foundation or with wax foundation they make an opening here and there so they can navigate quicker
I tried small sells but still have mites. Honey from onion is good against mites.
Sorry I missed your question. I built a jig and cut the plastic frames down to 1 1/4 thick. The standard is 1 3/8.
11 frames X 1 1/4 = 13 3/4 width
10 frames X 1 3/8 = 13 3/4 width
I never heard of this, has it been proven?
I would say honey from onion would be hard to come by, my bees do work my seeding onion and garlic and they still have mites but they work a lot of stuff
You wouldn't want Dee's bees from the videos I've seen. Highly aggressive, certainly Africanized. I believe that's a big part of her success. Also her location is very arid which may help.