Quantcast

swarms and varroa

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Heather 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 7, 2008
Messages
4,038
Reaction score
5
Location
Newick, East Sussex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
17
Opinions please.

Swarms collected this May/June should have arrived with limited varroa. I have been advised that they dont need treating now with Apiguard, then Oxalic/Lactic in Dec. This makes sense and I don't like to overload the colony unnecessarily with treatments
.
Should I do treatment now and evaluate. If I leave treatment till broodless (ish) in Dec I may have a weakened colony that needed intervention

Or do I leave alone entirely till next year.
 

Finman 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
25,527
Reaction score
96
Location
Finland, Helsinki
Hive Type
langstroth
.
ofcourse swarms need handling, at least in December.
i have many swarms and they have too much mites. The colony lives over winter but next summer it will be in piss.
 
Joined
Jun 8, 2010
Messages
2,374
Reaction score
0
Location
Dartmoor edge, uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
5...2 wooden National, 2 poly Nat & 1 poly nuc...bursting at the seams
I had a nuc in June, and after an inspection last month was told to treat urgently in August. Bees had wing damage and obvious abnormalities in the brood box...
 

Heather 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 7, 2008
Messages
4,038
Reaction score
5
Location
Newick, East Sussex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
17
Maybe a treatment now will help me estimate problem.
I am having very little drop so far from established hives and Apilife Var - hope it is low varroa -not ineffective treatment
 
Joined
Jun 8, 2010
Messages
2,374
Reaction score
0
Location
Dartmoor edge, uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
5...2 wooden National, 2 poly Nat & 1 poly nuc...bursting at the seams
Ditto, just posted here - checked first 2 week treatment drop and only 1 mite...but I know I have lots...
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
2,433
Reaction score
0
Location
Kingsbridge, South Devon
Hive Type
none
Number of Hives
0 - Now in beeless retirement!
I did a shook swarm on a colony in early April and by the end of May there were bees with deformed wings. I treated with formic acid and hundred of mites fell out. This taught me that swarms can have mites.
 

Latest posts

Top