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david.d 

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I have just looked at the hive and there are dozens of what look like fleas or mites on the floor, what could they be and is it a problem
 
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The bees do seem to leave behind a lot of debris as well, my fading peekers struggle to differentiate between them and dead mites.

You dont say if its a solid floor or OMF with a card below it. Either way are the mites dead? If so no problem in themselves but could be indicative of a bigger problem if varroa - probably wise to start an apigard/Apivar life/thymol type treatment as soon as if not done so already.

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Thanks the mites are alive and walking around on the debris, they are on the slide in shelf under the mesh floor
 
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Very very small ants? I have noticed some.
 

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