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  Thursday, 03 June 2021
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I see there were 2707 nucleus colonies brought into Vermont for resale this spring. The report said that thankfully, none had more than 5% mite load...5 mites in 100 bees. That's 15 mites in a normal sample of 300 bees...in May. Dead colony in the Autumn. Anyone else have issues with this? Shouldn't imported bees for sale have mite loads below treatment threshold?
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I read that too. Joe public should be protected with better standards and practices of livestock sale. It begs the question what the purpose of the states inspections are?

Any person selling nucs in Vermont advertises they are VT state inspected as insurance of quality. Clearly it is not. I don't believe it's a matter of buyer beware here. I believe the people who are most capable of reducing the mite load are those selling. It's a simple matter for them to get the mite load below 3% prior to inexperienced beekeepers bringing them home.
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