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  Tuesday, 31 March 2015
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Treatment of Varroa with the number of years the Varroa has been around I ask why don't the bees take care them,for most any thing
In the hive rubber bands weak bees deformed bees they haul it out side they are always cleaning the hive they will clean mold from comb and all sorts of things,it would seam they would chew off the mites from their sisters as well as kill and clean cells out that are infected with Varroa eggs.A strong colony will fend off mice and yes I know in the winter when they are in cluster they can't fend off mice.
It just seams they would be able to kill the mites.Maybe I'm way out in left field .
Any ideas on the subject?
7 years ago
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That is the point a lot of beekeepers are making. Weak bees are being propped up by continual treatments. If you read any of Michael Bush stuff. He doesn't believe in any treatments. His reasoning it to raise bee strains that can cope with this stuff, and that won't happen as long as everybody keeps treating. I'm not sure no treatment is the way to go, but maybe treating less or only if needed. Unfortunately, it's not realistic for a beekeeper with hundreds or thousands of hives to have time to do mite counts before treating.

As for myself, I have a double nuc that has survived a winter so far. It was a split of package colony that started last May. Those bees have not seen any treatments of any kind for anything since they have been in my care. I did a mite count last July and didn't find any mites, so I didn't treat. I will do another again this spring. Maybe I was just lucky.
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