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  1. Oh Ok thanks, in the future I will make sure that all strips are positioned in the middle of brood nest frames rather than opposite edges.
  2. Yes, I think that is very possible - I have never seen so many drones. That colony produces drones all year round but to see so many just hanging around on the nectar filled brood box was worrying. Perhaps they swarmed over a month ago and she is a new laying queen? She was very big, golden with a long and full abdomen; there was no drone brood at all. The AFB inspector wasn't worried about the overall population level, except the mass of drones of course. I have no other clues except when I inspected there were some weird (but empty) queen cells - I say weird because there were just two (empty) - one in honey super that extended into the next frame of honey (very long with a ball-shape on the extended end) and a roundish peanut-looking one in the brood box. I couldn't tell if they'd been occupied because I really don't know anything about these cells.
  3. I was going to use MAQs but they are out of stock. Do you think Api life var will help my hive with evidence of DWV? Thanks
  4. Omg ecrotek is out of stock of MAQs until Monday! Grrrr
  5. Thanks @M4tt that is really helpful advice. You have really explained that technique perfectly! I like the the fact that you say to stop shaking if you hit the treatment level (seems obvious now but I’ve always kept going til bitter end!). Also to only swirl them for 5 seconds. Thank you so much! They say to sample off three brood frames - is one enough in your opinion ? One would make sampling easier as I only have to ensure she isn’t on it, whereas if I sample from 3 it takes a long time and the bees waiting in the tub will be getting aggravated. And thanks for for your help @Rob Stockley I will get a respirator when I pop to the bee shop this am. I appreciate your instructions re opening the packet too. Do I still need to protect the lid even though I have a hive mat under it? I have a telescopic galvanized lid.
  6. Thanks everyone. Every time I treat I place the strips in both brood boxes, in the centre of the brood nest, which is usually the central 5-6 frames of each box with this colony. So with Apivar I place one strip at nest side of Frame 4 and one on nest side of Frame 7 at opposite diagonal edges. And Bayvarol I use 8 strips with four in each brood box at similar positions. Next time treatment is out I will do a sugar shake instead of relying on eradication of dwv symptoms as evidence. This is my mistake, and it’s because to be able to do a sugar shake I have to find the queen - she is a runner and unmarked so it’s not easy to find her. Anyway I’m going to do a sugar shake today and then probably go for MAQs. And then do another sugar shake! Any advice or cautions on MAQs? Ta
  7. Thanks @tristan it was an odd time to treat but I finished my autumn 2017 Bayvarol treatment 22nd April. By 28th May I saw dwv. Sugar shake only showed 1 mite in 200 bees but the dwv symptoms revealed it must be higher than that result so I put Apivar in. I didnt treat in spring because Apivar only removed in early August. 5 boxes sounds a lot for a weak hive but this hive was very strong until the back filling of the brood area. It still has a high population although there are many many drones.
  8. Yes, the amount of drones was actually very surprising. The DECA inspector (visited on 7th November) thought they might have been thinking about swarming but we didn't find any swarm or supercedure cells anywhere. The brood nest was greatly reduced before I moved things around on 29th October (swapped brood box positions, added drawn frames to centre of old reversed brood box, also added another FD super, now the hive is 2 x FD brood, 1 x FD super, 2 x 3/4 supers) but it was worker brood at all stages - don't they usually leave lots of brood before they swarm? The queen that we saw was mature and had a very long big abdomen. I really don't know why so many drones. Any ideas?
  9. Good point, @yesbut - I'm going to have to re-think my position, my understanding of Apivar's chemical class (amitraz) was that it could not breed resistance as the mites die upon contact and therefore cannot breed - here are a couple of links but there are others around https://realbeescience.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-amitraz-resistance-in-varroa-real/ and http://scientificbeekeeping.com/amitraz-red-flags-or-red-herrings/ Mind you, Randy Oliver does recommend having a few weapons in the arsenal so I guess I'm going to have to start experimenting. Most of the beekeepers I know (only know a handful though) that use natural treatments have lost their hives so I won't be going that way.
  10. Maybe it's time for me to like it? I might get some....any hints @yesbut?
  11. Hi all. I treated my hive for Varroa in May of this year. They had DWV at the time, not too bad but around 5 emerged bees per day crawling on ground. Treatment came out after 10 weeks (early August). Mite count 0. Then only 3 months later and I can see 3-4 DWV pupae being removed per day for the last week and today I saw a newly emerged bee crawling on ground. I have not done a mite count yet. This hive has always been super strong but a general inspection 15 days ago showed that the colony was back-filling brood space with nectar and there were a LOT of drones (at least 50% of the hive bees were male). Not much brood (3 frames, half filled with worker brood, low pollen storage). 14 days ago I gave them more space and the queen is now laying in freshly drawn frames and more pollen is coming in. They have just been inspected for AFB return, with a nil result. My question is, should I treat with Apivar again? Is it too soon, or should I just treat whenever I see problems, regardless of length of time since last treatment? Do they just have DWV because of nutritional stress (or another issue due to low brood numbers) or is ALWAYS a symptom of mites? I have used Bayvarol alternately in the past however this year I decided to only use Apivar as Bayvarol just didn't work. I'm not interested in alternative treatments, just the chemical classes. And can I use my opened packet of Apivar (4 months old, wrapped in a plastic bag)? Thanks in advance for your input.
  12. So @M4tt are you saying that Apivar won't be slow? And that Thymol usually is slow acting? Sorry, I got confused...
  13. I put it in on 13th March and removed it on 14th May. That's why I thought I could wait for Spring treatment until spring There has been an AFB hive within 5kms, I had an inspection done on 5th July and all was good then - lots of healthy brood at all stages Can that be detrimental in a weakened hive (just thinking of thymol and its potential effects)?
  14. Thanks @JohnF but I used Bayvarol in Autumn so now I don't really trust it as it has only been about 4 months since Bayvarol strips came out and things are obviously pretty bad already. I think the colony is going to be trouble, I'm dreading going in there today.
  15. I hope my one bounces back No, haven't done a sugar shake because I haven't opened the hive since seeing the DWV - no point when you don't have any treatment - but strips arrived today. Just going to put them in quickly as it's raining for the next few days. Then I will do a shake next fine day (hopefully Sat) to see where we are at.
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