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this has no doubt been asked before but what/when /how would you personally do/use for varroa ttreatment ?

many thanks in advance bee-smillie
 

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I'm starting mine this weekend with ApiLifeVar.
 

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Oxalic on or near boxing day.:xmas-smiley-016::nature-smiley-12:
 
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Apiguard this year - bought before I saw Hivemaker's recipe - so will try that next year.
 

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After the honey harvest. When necessary, after checks.

Much better to be attacking the varroa all season, if checks indicate the need before the end of the season, using non-chemical measures.

It's not really a when or how topic; more a how do you check and what do you do if/when those checks are indicating action required - all throughout the year.

RAB
 

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At the weekend. Own variant of ApiSusbees...thymol/essential oil/Pura/sugar for the hives that need it.
 
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Thymol bought and intending to have a go at Hivemakers recipe in the coming weeks. Unsure yet about Oxalic, but will probably appy Dec/Jan
 

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A drone check indicated high levels in one hive 2 weeks ago, culled all drone brood, which was riddled with varroa. Honey removed, and apiguard put in last week end. The other colonies have low drop levels - one or two in 24 hours, even when provoked by icing sugar. They'll be treated later.
 

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i have just got through the post some apiguard and an eke and mouse guard so i hope i`m all set but one thing i would like to ask quick without hijacking the thread is if i stay on brood and a half but have only just taken the Q,excluder off and theres not much stores in the half yet and no brood at all do i put apiguard on the very top or between just over brood box or should it be main brood box only when treating?
 

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I wouldn't treat with Apiguard with super on because I wouldn't want any stores in the super to semll of thymol in case I wanted to take off the honey in future.

I am very excited that I received a big bit of green oasis in the post yesterday, so now have everything I need to try Hivemaker's recipe.

I do drone culling in Summer and oxalic in Winter too. I have tried icing sugar but didn't like the mess. I have tried Hiveclean and think it is too expensive.
 

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Have started my treatment yesterday with apilife var on 4 colonies and the rest on Apigard I must say that Apilife Var is rather expensive as you need 4 strips per hive at a cost of £12.42 for the 4 strips with thornes prices going at £3.13 per strip as per instructions on the packet.

Therefore will not bother with these again, so I bought a tub of Apiguard for £88.80 this will treat 30 hives at a cost per hive of £2.92 a huge difference when you consider one has to treat a lot of colonies.

Will be using OX in the new year 2011.

Gillybee.
 

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