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grizzly 

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Sliced off the bottom section on my drone frame this afternoon, and opened up some of the cells, very dissapointed to see the little red gits in some of them.

I also spotted young white varroa in the cells along with a little pile of what looked like varroa eggs (i assume), piled up on the base.

In this hive the population must have exploded recently as i try to keep tabs on their count, but was horrified to see so many eggs in each cell, its the first time i have seen evidence of how rapidly they can expand their numbers.

Very glad i cut them out, there must have been thousands. i removed about 90% of the drone brood and treated with Hiveclean, put a board in to see what falls in the next 24hrs.
 

MarkyMark 

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Can I ask what the results of hiveclean are ?? Are they good ? (sorry im assuming youve used it before)
Isn’t this basically the same as sugar dusting ?? Or does it provide a much higher yield of varroa eradication ?
 
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I used Hiveclean on an 11 frame swarm I collected. Very little drop - either not working or very clean colony. I will check drone cells asap.
 

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I use Hiveclean everytime I check my hives. I`ve got the sticky sheets in for a mite count at the moment so I`ll let you know how I get on.

Darren.
 

victor meldrew 

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The pile of varroa eggs was probably a pile of varroa pooh :).
No bull pooh :svengo:.

John Wilkinson
 

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Quoted from their website:
"It is a certified organic product and can be applied all year round and even during honey harvesting."Darren
The importers claim that but when I looked at the manufacturer's data sheet (some time ago now) it suggested that you can't use it during a flow. I don't know what the truth is but I would have thought that the oxalic acid in it would limit its use to a period without a flow.

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Here is a little something to help us to remember the life cycle of the varroa mite.

Regards;
 

roche 

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Bcrazy, what is the source of your chart? - The rest of it might be a good read...

Rgds,

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Thank you Bcrazy.

Does anyone know the timing of the lifecycle of Apis Cerana?
 

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