Using the "Tools for Varroa Mite Management" document from the Honey Bee Health Coalition as my road map, and assuming that I will begin testing with alcohol wash(es) from the get-go when I initially get started with my first hive and a nuc, I'd[/hide]'d like to ask experienced keepers if the following plan for control methods and sequencing make sense.
In addition to any chemical treatments and timing listed below I also have ordered enough frames with drone cell foundation for my brood boxes to rotate those frames out to my freezer all season long as needed. All of this is assuming that my alcohol wash test results reveal the worst.
Formic Acid Quick Strips for the Dormant Phase/initially...early May
Apivar during Population Increase Phase: mid-June & late July
Back to Formic Acid Quick Strips during Population Peak: late July-to any honey removal or early September
The idea is to not stay stuck with one treatment for all summer, but to have something thoughtfully in use all season long as needed.
There seems to be so very. much to keep in ones head at one time regarding successful bee keeping but without
control of Varroa mites the rest is rendered futile.
Thank you in advance,