With Fewer Drones, will Mites be more Concentrated?

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  1. Adam Foster Collins

    Adam Foster Collins New Member

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    Hey there,

    Going through the hives today, I can see that the queen has ceased production of drones, and there are not many remaining in their cells. There are only a smattering of capped drone cells throughout the hives.

    My question:

    In the last couple of weeks of drone production in the hives, will the mites become concentrated within these few remaining cells? Should I expect to find spiking varroa counts in scratched brood comb at this point in the season?

    Thanks,

    Adam
     
  2. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Varroa levels vary throughout any year. Sugar dusting is more effective the next few weeks if you are so inclined. They will go back up in the Fall if you miss them.