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frenchbees 

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Have just removed a sheet of white card I placed under the ventilated floor of my hive for 24 hours. At first I thought there were no mites as I was looking for reddish coloured beasties but then noticed a fair number of pale brownish mites moving about at some speed.
My research suggests these are tropilaelaps mites as varroa are slow moving?
I should think there were at least 30, obviously not good whatever they are.
I was planning to treat for varroa, I suppose the same treatment and in view of the cold weather and high number of mites this had better be Apivar?
Just how bad does this sound?
I had a visit from the bee inspector 6 days ago and he gave me a clean bill of health!
 

victor meldrew 

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We don't thus far have tropilaelaps in the UK, however there are numerous little beasties protected from the bees attentions by the varroa floor. Pollen mites are a little supercharged :D

John Wilkinson
 

milkermel 

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I remember having a similar panic last year, apprently as somone else mentioned they are just clean up bugs! so dont panic - wouldnt hurt to get someone local and into bees to have a look though. Where abouts are you?? we are over in two months!!;)
 

frenchbees 

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Thanks for the info. I was hoping to find there were some less lethal mites out there but all my searches came up with were the domesday type.
I will trust the inspector was right when he said I was ok.
 

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