Monday, 26 September 2016
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Doing Varroa Mite counts with alcohol wash post treatment check after using MAQS.
Five different yards, three Apiary's had mite counts of 5 to 19 mites per 300 bees before
Treatment post mite count 30 days after treatment where very low 2 to 3 mites per 300 bees.
But things changed for two Apairy's as before treatment they both had colonies with K-Wing
And mites visible on many bees some with two and three mites on each bee no DWV was found.
Treated with MAQS after 30 days post mite count Failed 19 mites per 300 bees and other with
18 mites per 300 bees , notes no visual mites on bees still a few bees with K-Wing.
Why did the first three do great and yet the heavy infested colonies fail.
All hives where very strong with bees and hive set up the same a medium super and two
Deeps .
To me even with the very high mite load the treatment should have done the same job and
For the most part killed off the mites to a very low level as this treatment,is claimed to kill
Off mites in the brood cells .
Colonies have been given a second treatment this weekend as this is what the Beekeepers wanted
To do to get the mite load under control .
With the weather and time of year I'm not sure I want to open the colonie again for a mite count
As it would be last week of Oct.

So at this point I would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions you may have.
Just for information the three colonies with low counts are local Nucs this is their second year
The two with high mite loads are package bees this is there second year. They all made some
Extra honey last year and a good crop this year.

I want to see these bees alive come spring, we will do a mid May mite count or earlier if weather

5 years ago

I worked for a short time this for a pollinator beekeeper. Now I don't know how much V. mites jump from one host to another but I can say their yards were overwrought with V. mites. Tidying up after two weeks of treatment in any given yard you'd still visually see mites. On one occasion in particular the owner was beside himself on seeing two mites on a queen. Normal schedule was behind this year so their was obvious deformed wing on many a hive but what scared the keeper was visual mites after two pack application.

It goes to show just how infested a hive/yard can get. In such cases one treatment is not enough. In my example the person usually would have treated three times a year but was second treatment in August. Late in treatment for them and it showed in the hives.

Do V. mites jump from host to host in Maine Blueberry pollination? I couldn't say but can say that if a yard is infested it is in your interest to get mites under control.
6 years ago
They seem to be a very helpful and knowledgeable company. I am glad you had a good response. Good luck with the future treatment. Peter
Thank You
I called NOD , customer service was very helpful they pointed out on very heavily infested colonies
It was very common to need a second treatment as a follow up ,they also recommend you
Not treat back to back recommend 4 weeks before follow up ,however if weather or time of
Season is an issue that you can treat after two weeks of your first treatment but no sooner
And if any way wait 4 weeks.
They also said with the mite count I have now that the treatment will bring the colony to a very low
Mite count and a post mite count may not be necessary this late in the season.
They also strongly recommend pretreatment mite counts and post treatment mite counts.
So we are on the right path
Kill those Mites
6 years ago
Hi Ron, If I were you I would send an e-mail to MAQS (NOD Apiary) and ask them the same questions, and their recommendations. Worth a shot !!!!! Good Luck...Peter
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