Ive just added some Thymol to the syrup feed for the moment, however i am keeping a close eye on them and will continue to monitorOut of curiousity,
who isnt treating thier bees?
In my very limited experience with my observation hive, bees seems to groom each other anyway,,, or rather that they are probably licking food off each other...Any news of the bloke (birmingham way?)who believes he has hygienic bees?
Well the good people of Birmingham must have had a population explosion bigger than any varroa infestation! I think the chap you are referring to is Francis Ratnieks, and I think he's based at Sussex University, now in an outlying suburb of BirminghamAny news of the bloke (birmingham way?)who believes he has hygienic bees? I very much hope he is proved right, as this if verified, must be the way forward.
on! I think the chap you are referring to is Francis Ratnieks, and I think he's based at Sussex University,
It was not Ratieks it was a guy called Ron Hoskins, who like Jimmy says is not an "academic"The guy with the allegedly varroa tolerant bees was not an academic, I think he's near Swindon.
See just about everything I've posted in the last 2 months- I'm now treating and consider myself to have had a lucky escape.I am treating.
I worry for those who have been lulled into what might be a false sense of security by apparently varroa free colonies.....but of course, they may be the lucky ones who have varroa-conquering bees...fingers crossed.
Interesting stuff Chris, I get the impression this is a common find across many hives this year but I do wonder why - I suspect its weather related regards last Winter and this years Spring.Last year we had some hives with 3000 mites on the floor. Either I'm not doing it properly or there are just fewer mites around this year.
Nope, fully registered as a professional in France with the Min of Agriculture and all that goes with it. As I have said, no losses, no sick bees, no problems, no weird bee behaviour, no fiddling, no inspections and the only treatment a few doses of icing sugar.Personally I find the 'no treat' crowd a high risk bunch, most have a hand off approach in general (I put money on most not being registered on beebase) and ultimately will become reservoirs of disease. Most are new to beekeeping with little training and simply ignorant to disease checks and the treatments.