- May 2, 2019
- Reaction score
- UK - Hampshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
I am worried about my bees....again...
I have OA vaped this hive twice with a 5 day gap.
This is the 48h board from the 2nd vape. It was cleaned at 24h.
The 24h board from the 1st vape was insane, it was 2 deep in places. There were 100s of moribund mites still crawling around too.
I vaped my 2 hives (at that time) in the spring before putting supers on and got 0 mites. I actually suspected my OA might be defective as it was a bit damp and some was jumping out of the pan. So I ordered some new OA and re-vaped, again 0.
I got 2 swarms from one of my hives in June (not the one this board is from) vaped both swarms and got 0.
My other hives are currently dropping 10-20 per board, so I am not concerned.
This hive had a high mite load last year. But by the 2nd vape was down to about 200 on the 48 hour board. (cleared at 24h)
I am worried it will take many more vapes at 5 day intervals to reach acceptable levels. I am guessing maybe another 4 or 5 vapes.... So am concerned that the hive will have a high count whilst prepping winter bees.
Should I be concerned by these numbers?
This is my favorite hive, so it pains me to see this one with the high count. So in short is there any more I can do to help reduce the load faster?
Thanks as always.
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